Researchers overhaul systems to handle big data

Three GW offices are teaming up for the first time to improve how the University manages research data as a way to attract top professors, the GW Hatchet reports.

The Office of the Vice President for Research, Division of Information Technology and Gelman Library are working with faculty to show administrators why they should increase funding for a centralized data management system, which they say will lessen the administrative tasks of researchers.

Keith Crandall, director of one of GW’s first interdisciplinary research institutes, the computational biology institute, said having a core facility for analysis would save time and money, since faculty would share space and equipment.

He said as more research is focused on massive sets of information, faculty need resources for analysis, including large computers that can handle large number sets.

Such computers were installed on the Virginia Campus for Science and Technology last spring as a partnership between IT officials and faculty in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. The goal is to expand on the $2 million investment and include faculty in engineering, medicine and public health as well, Crandall said.

Crandall said the groups are using the computer system as an example to show University administrators that a centralized location for data management will benefit GW.

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