Research Data Center (RDC)

The Georgetown RDC, a collaboration between the U.S. Census Bureau and MDI, provides secure access to critical government data for qualified researchers in the DC area, enabling them to examine a wide range of social and economic issues.

RDC Information

Administrative Data Research Initiative (ADRI)

ADRI supports secure and responsible access to administrative data collected by government agencies and companies by addressing obstacles often encountered by researchers and promoting standards and best practices.

ADRI Information

Data Blending

MDI’s Data Blending project seeks to advance the study of unstructured, organic data being shared online, an important source of information for social scientists attempting to characterize and predict human and societal dynamics.

Data Blending Information

Data for Social Good

Our Data for Social Good effort, in partnership with Georgetown’s Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, aims to better understand the impact of data on social and public outcomes.

Data for Social Good Information

Big Data Ethics and Privacy

MDI develops and supports efforts around the ethical use of data, including highlighting best practices for sharing data, managing concerns around privacy and discrimination, and making sure the benefits of big data reach our most marginalized or vulnerable populations.

Data Ethics Information

Funding Opportunities

Learn more about MDI's research seed grants and joint seed grants with the Georgetown Environment Initiative.

Funding Opportunities

Massive Data Institute News

  • Art depicting Man in overalls with shovel walking toward looming piece of cryptocurrency
    Insuring Your Bitcoin: Creating More Efficient ZKPs

    Georgetown’s Justin Thaler, an assistant professor in the department of computer science, has dedicated his latest research to develop new, more efficient ZKPs using his MDI Seed Grant funding awarded in 2017.

  • MDI's Laila Wahedi
    MDI’s Laila Wahedi Wins Data Challenge on Russian Trolls

    Dr. Laila Wahedi, MDI’s Postdoc Fellow, won an award for her work on Russian trolls at the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) North American Social Network (NASN) Conference held in Washington, DC on November 27-30.

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    Large-scale Climate Data Workshops

    Last month, the Massive Data Institute (MDI) completed its Data Workshop series that was offered throughout the fall semester. In collaborating with the Georgetown Environment Initiative (GEI), MDI put together a two-part series titled “Large Scale Analysis of Climate and Land Cover Data,” to explore climate and land cover data.

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    Using Big Data to Enhance Local Democracy

    Brian J. McCabe, an Associate Professor in Georgetown’s Department of Sociology, partnered with Jennifer Heerwig, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University, is using his MDI Seed Grant to conduct research on an innovative new campaign finance program - the Democracy Voucher program - in Seattle, Washington.