Deloitte US has been named founding member of the National Consortium For Data Science, a collaboration between leaders from the public and private sector set up to help the US address the challenges and capitalise on the opportunities of digital data.
The National Consortium For Data Science (NCDS) is a public-private partnership of leaders in academia, industry and government established to address challenges and opportunities of (big) data in the 21st century. The NCDS was founded to help the US take advantage of continuously increasing flow of digital data and to use the data to create “new jobs and industries, new advances in healthcare, transformative discoveries in science, and competitive advantages for US industry.”
The NCDS was launched in 2012 by data scientists and researchers in data-intensive fields at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the UNC’s Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), and began its operations in 2013.
Professional services firm Deloitte has recently been announced as founding member of the NCDS and joins a group of founding members from various private and non-profit sectors and universities. These founding members provide a forum for the data science community that connects businesses, governments and researchers to identify big data needs, challenges and visions for the future. Together with the other NCDS members, the consulting firm will facilitate interchange between different players in the data industry, provide input for research priorities, and play an advising role in the development of data science education programs. “As a firm that serves many industries, Deloitte understands the power of data to enhance decision making, manage risks and provide a competitive advantage. We see the NCDS as a way to collaborate with data experts who are leading the march into the era of big data and future leaders within universities,” comments Bob Dalton, Principal of Deloitte Consulting.
In total, the NCDS has 19 founding members, an overview: