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The Massive Data Institute 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 ​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 faculty seminars on public policy and massive data.

The Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy is a top-ranked public policy school located in the center of the policy world in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to teach our students to design, analyze, and implement smart policies and put them into practice in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, in the U.S. and around the world.

Massive Data Institute News

  • Massive Data Institute Awards New Grants, Hires Postdoctoral Fellow
    Massive Data Institute Awards New Grants, Hires Postdoctoral Fellow

    Delaying or refusing vaccinations and examining the financial effects of Alzheimer’s Disease before diagnosis are among the faculty projects receiving support from the McCourt School of Public Policy’s Massive Data Institute (MDI).

  • Gaurav Sood
    Massive Data Institute Welcomes First Postdoctoral Fellow

    Dr. Sood comes to the MDI from Sanford University, where he received his Ph.D. in Communication. He studies the role Americans’ partisan identities play in shaping how they judge politicians, and people who support the two main parties. In previous work on the topic, he has found that many partisans today hold negative stereotypes about supporters of the main opposing party.

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    Improving Government Performance in the Era of Big Data

    The McCourt School to co-host a big data workshop with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.