The Massive Data Institute (MDI) at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy is an interdisciplinary research center devoted to the study of high-dimensional data to answer public policy questions.
MDI uses data from novel, often real-time sources like the Internet, social media, sensors and other big data sources and blends them with more traditional large data sources like government surveys to increase our understanding of society and human behavior, and thus improve public policy decision-making.
MDI draws on expertise from across Georgetown’s campus and beyond, including the social, natural, and computer science departments, and through strategic partnerships with organizations like the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, Lawrence Livermore Laboratories, the Institute for Social Research at University of Michigan, and the Pew Charitable Trust. The U.S. Census Bureau has designated MDI a Federal Statistical Research Data Center, one of only 23 in the nation.
The MDI regularly awards seed grants, houses post-doctoral fellows, and hosts panels and faculty seminars on public policy and massive data.