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The National Institute of Standards and Technology will host a Cloud Computing and Big Data Workshop on January 15-17, 2013, at its Gaithersburg, Md., campus.

The meeting is part of the traditional semi-annual cloud computing forum and workshop series with added emphasis on big data and its relation with and influence on cloud platforms and cloud computing.

“Cloud computing and big data are each powerful trends. Together they can be even more powerful and that’s why we’re hosting this workshop,” said Chuck Romine, director of the NIST Information Technology Laboratory. “The cloud can make big data accessible to those who can’t take advantage today. In turn, big data opens doors to discovery, innovation, and entrepreneurship that are inaccessible at conventional data scales.”

The January conference will bring together leaders and innovators from industry, academia and government in an interactive format that combines keynote presentations, panel discussions, interactive breakout sessions and open discussion.

Under secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher and U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel will open the conference.