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Quarterly Meetings

Upcoming Meeting
Big Data Exchange Meeting, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
The City Club of Washington at Columbia Square
Washington, D.C.

This complimentary breakfast meeting is open to government attendees. RSVP to or (703) 883-9000 ext. 117. Space is limited.

Past Meetings
The DATA Act – What Now, and How
August 12, 2015, Washington, D.C.
The third Big Data Exchange (BDX) quarterly meeting of 2015 focused on DATA Act implementation plans and strategies, as well as how agencies can work together to overcome cultural resistance and improve information sharing and transparency. Thank you to guest speakers Joah Iannotta, Assistant Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Services, GAO, and Christopher Zeleznik, Lead, Intergovernmental Recipient Engagement, DATA Act PMO, HHS, for leading the roundtable discussion.

Health Data Interoperability
May 6, 2015, Washington, D.C.
At the ninth MeriTalk Big Data Exchange meeting, guest speaker Erica Galvez, Interoperability and Exchange Portfolio Manager, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology discussed ONC's Interoperability Roadmap, which will set standards for electronic health records (EHRs) and data sharing, and improve information security across the nation's health IT infrastructure.

Data for Defense
March 26, 2015, Crystal City, VA
At the eighth MeriTalk Big Data Exchange meeting, guest speaker Lt. Gen. Bill Bender, Air Force CIO, discussed how the Department of Defense can make the most of its data, despite stringent security requirements and ever-present threats.

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.