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Quarterly Meetings

Upcoming Meeting
Mark Logic
Quarterly Meeting Sponsor
March 26, 2015
Big Data Exchange Meeting, 8 - 10 a.m.
The Westin Crystal City
Arlington, Virginia

Data analytics is becoming an essential tool of modern warfare, enabling military and intelligence organizations to rapidly filter through mass quantities of data and discover mission-critical information. With stringent security requirements and ever-present threats, how can the DoD make the most of its data – including support for users in austere environments?

Featured speaker:
Lt. Gen. Bill Bender
Chief, Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer
Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon

RSVP to Liz Powell at or (703) 883-9000 ext. 159. Space is limited.

Past Meetings
Open Data Strategies
August 6, 2014, Washington, D.C.
At the seventh MeriTalk Big Data Exchange meeting, guest speaker David McClure, lead analyst for open government data at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shared NOAA's open data business partnership model.

Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
April 16, 2014, Washington, D.C.
The sixth MeriTalk Big Data Exchange meeting addressed the power of Big Data analytics to combat fraud, waste, & abuse. The meeting featured speaker Joe Hungate, Principal Deputy Inspector General, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Big Data, Data Sharing
February 12, 2014, Washington, D.C.
The fifth MeriTalk Big Data Exchange meeting was colocated with the GAO Data Sharing Community of Practice and addressed data sharing best practices and challenges. The meeting featured a panel discussion moderated by Naba Barkakati, Chief Technologist, GAO. Panelists included Eric Hagopian, Senior Solutions Engineer, Novetta Solutions, Marcus Louie, Data Solutions Architect, Socrata, and Marcel Jemio, Acting Director, Division of Enterprise Architecture, Bureau of the Fiscal Service and Chair, Fiscal Service Data Stewards.

Big Data, Open Data
November 6, 2013, Washington, D.C.
The fourth MeriTalk Big Data Exchange meeting addressed big data and the open data initiative. The meeting featured speaker Jeanne Holm, Data Evangelist,, General Services Administration.

Big Data Envy
July 31, 2013, Washington, D.C.
The third MeriTalk Big Data Exchange meeting addressed big data envy and the role of the chief data officer. The meeting featured speaker Greg Elin, chief data officer, Federal Communications Commission.

Big Data and High Performance Supercomputing
April 16, 2013, Washington, D.C.
The second MeriTalk Big Data Exchange meeting addressed using high performance and high density supercomputing. The meeting featured speaker Scot Atkins, program manager, Supercomputing and Revenue Protection, United States Postal Service.

Big Data and Analytics
February 26, 2013, Washington, D.C.
The first MeriTalk Big Data Exchange meeting addressed the opportunities and challenges of big data and analytics. The meeting was sponsored by NetApp, and featured speaker Jeff Butler, director of Research Databases in the IRS Research, Analysis, and Statistics organization.