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

ATra

Researchers at GU and MDI work together to develop and disseminate ATra, a secure technology platform for analyzing sensitive data that cannot be shared.

ATra 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

  • View of Seattle, Washington - Featuring The Space Needle, an observation tower & landmark of the Pacific Northwest
    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.

  • pod of bottlenose dolphins in the Potomac River
    Somefin in the Water: The Bottlenose Dolphins of the Potomac

    MDI Seed Grant Spotlight: Janet Mann. To conduct their research, Mann and her team head out onto the water with their camera and small skiff, Ahoya, to track the Potomac dolphins.

  • Data Essentials: Data Analysis in Python classroom photo of Laila Wahedi and student
    Data Essentials: Data Analysis in Python

    This October, MDI offered two workshops on “Data Essentials: Data Analysis in Python,” which focused on helping attendees learn how to manipulate data in Python for their research.

  • Amy O'Hara
    MDI Welcomes Data Governance and Integration Expert Amy O’Hara

    The Massive Data Institute (MDI) at the McCourt School of Public Policy is pleased to welcome data governance, data integration, and privacy expert Dr. Amy O’Hara. Dr. O’Hara joins MDI as a Research Professor and Co-Director of U.S. Census Research Data Center (RDC) at Georgetown University.