Nominations Are Open for the 2011 Government Big Data Solutions Award

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This post was contributed by Bob Gourley, editor,

The missions and data of governments make the government sector one of particular importance for Big Data solutions. Federal, State and Local governments have special abilities to focus research in areas like Health Sciences, Economics, Law Enforcement, Defense, Geographic Studies, Environmental Studies, Bioinformatics, Information Search/Discovery, and Computer Security. Government-Industry teams are working to field Big Data solutions in all these fields.

The Government Big Data Solutions Award was established by the technology blog to help facilitate the exchange of best practices, lessons learned and creative ideas for solutions to hard data challenges in the government sector. Nominations are being sought and your input would be most appreciated. Please nominate capabilities and solutions you know hold great potential for mission impact in the government sector.

Award winners will be written up on, and a presentation of awards will also be made at Hadoop World 2011.

You may nominate industry solution providers with proven capabilities, government organizations who have built or implemented Big Data solutions or individuals who have played a direct role in establishing capability. The key criteria we are evaluating is the utility of the solution to serve government missions.

Our judges include: Doug Cutting (creator of Lucene and Hadoop), Alan Wade (former CIA and IC CIO), Ryan Lasalle (Accenture Cyber R&D), Ed Granstedt (QinetiQ Strategic Solution Center) and Chris Dorobek (Founder, editor and publisher of

To nominate, please use our online survey form at: