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What we're about

We have frequent results-focused meetups ( that provide opportunities for a broad community of participants to focus on big data products for the Federal Big Data Initiative:

• Federal: Supports the Federal Big Data Initiative (, but not endorsed by the Federal Government or its Agencies;

• Big Data: Supports the Federal Digital Government Strategy ( which is "treating all content as data", so big data = all your content;

• Working Group: Data Science Teams composed of Federal Government and Non-Federal Government experts producing big data products; and

• Meetup: The world's largest network of local groups ( to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize like MOOCs (Massive Open On-line Classes) being considered by the White House (

The Federal Big Data Working Group Meetup ( is also about helping government agencies develop:

• People – Data Scientists/Chief Data Officers

• Process – Data Infrastructure

• Products – Data Publications

Some examples:

• EPA (

• FDA (

• NOAA (

• HHS (

• USDA (

• Eastern Foundry (

And provide MOOCs/Meetups for training and networking.

Five MOOCs for Big Data Applications and Analytics:

• Practical Data Science for Data ( ( by Niemann Based on Schutt and O’Neil Book

• Data Science for Data ( ( by Niemann Based on North Book and Borne Class

• Federal Big Data Working Group Meetups ( by Niemann and Goodier

• Data Science for Tackling ( Challenges of Big Data (, MIT ProfessionalX Online Course by Niemann Based on Rus and Madden MOOC

• Data Science for Big Data Application and Analytics ( ( by Niemann Based on Geoffrey Fox MOOC

• Data Science for ​Mining of Massive Datasets ( by Niemann Based on Stanford MOOC (IN PROCESS)

• USDA Data Science MOOC ( by Niemann based on USDA CIO and ACDO on Open Data Plan and Roundtable Meetup (

See: Semantic Community ( and Federal Big Data Working Group Meetup (

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