Agencies place bets on big data solicitations

Federal agencies are committing a big chunk of money in hopes of making progress on the "big data" problem. Six federal agencies led by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health will commit up to 200 million dollars in a joint procurement aimed at coming up with better ways of managing ever growing, ever more complex data sets, and making all that information more useful. And several agencies are planning other big data procurements of their own, on top of the 200 million.