Looking for a job in big data? Want to know about events related to the field? Need access to, well, big data sets?
The new site is the latest effort in Governor Deval Patrick’s Massachusetts Big Data Initiative, which he launched in May 2012 with the goal to make the Bay State a hub of the emerging industry. Big data refers to the analysis of large quantities of information that is hard to digest but can yield meaningful conclusions. A big data company might log every click by every visitor to an online shopping site, for instance, and use the results to make the site more user-friendly.
Already, there are indicators that Massachusetts appeals to big data entrepreneurs. The founders of a startup called Hadapt, for instance, met at Yale but chose to base their young company in Cambridge because of the area’s deep talent pool. When Hadapt was named one of the state’s most promising startups by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council over the summer, Justin Borgman, chief executive, said, “Boston has a real opportunity to be one of the epicenters of big data — or the epicenter of big data.”
MassBigData.org is meant to help capitalize on that opportunity.
It features a job board that at last count had 1,445 openings; an events calendar; reams of public data on education, transportation, budgeting, and more; and an index of the state’s big data firms and related businesses.
“This site will help further the governor’s Big Data Initiative by expanding innovative connections between companies, data analysts, and students who are leading the advanced analytics charge in Massachusetts,” MassTech chief executive Pamela Goldberg said in a statement.
“This portal will help the array of entities to coalesce into the MassBigData community, giving them an online resource where they can post career opportunities, highlight leading talent, and build technology partnerships — all of which will help spur innovation and growth in the Commonwealth’s big data sector.”