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About MDI

Data Linkage Day

Data Linkage Day, which follows 2018’s Big Data Day, aims to promote the technical innovations and outcomes related to linking data for statistical purposes, share those innovations with peers, and inspire new ways to produce analytical results to answer the call for evidence-based policymaking.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Funding Opportunities

Learn more about MDI's research seed grants, joint seed grants with the Georgetown Environment Initiative, and training grants offered to Georgetown researchers.

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MDI Compute Infrastructure

Learn about our new Cloud infrastructure and different ways researchers are using it to support big data research.

MDI Infrastructure Info

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.

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Working Research

Read about the conference attendance and research taking place at MDI and its impact on public policy.

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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.



Massive Data Institute News

  • Laila Wahedi leading data workshop as participants are seated and watch.
    Network Analysis in Python

    Last week, the Massive Data Institute held its second two-day data workshop that focused on teaching students, faculty, and staff about how to conduct network analysis in Python. Led by Dr. Laila Wahedi, MDI Fellow, the workshops taught network construction, descriptive analysis, adding network variables to regression analyzes, and basic network visualization.

  • 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.