Ohio lawmakers, for example, seem likely to put $54 million toward a Big Data center on the campus of Ohio State University, where two aging buildings will be renovated to store the data-related technology.

The free Big Data offers to colleges and universities comes a few years after a report projected a massive shortage in workers with data analytics skills by 2018.

The demand for people with data analytics skills is expected to increase by 24 percent over the next eight years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.