The aim of the NJBDA is to bring together the diverse advanced cyberinfrastructure resources and talent housed at the state’s universities, colleges and NJEDge.Net, according to a news release.
Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, associate vice president for economic development at Rutgers and a founder of the NJBDA, said the agreement was a step toward making the Garden State a leader in an emerging field.
“The signing of the MOA by nine of the state’s top universities and NJEDge.Net,” Brennan-Tonetta contined, “is key to making New Jersey a leader in advanced computing and Big Data analytics,” she explained.
The nine institutions appearing on the agreement are:
- Rutgers University
- Montclair State University
- New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
- Kean University
- Rowan University
- St. Peter’s University
- Stockton University
- Stevens Institute of Technology
- The College of New Jersey
The New Jersey Research and Education Network, known as NJEDge.Net, will also be part of the alliance.
The NJBDA received official state designation with the passage of the “Big Data Bill” in 2014, spearheaded by then-Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula. The bill designated the New Jersey Big Data Alliance as the “State’s Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Consortium.”
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