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DHS funds data center

The Homeland Security Department has created a center to develop new methods and tools that would manage, analyze and graphically represent vast and diverse amounts of data to discover and predict potential terrorist activities. The Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), located in Richland, Wash., will receive $2.5 million this year for the new National Visual Analytics Center (NVAC) that will work on projects related to analyzing data that includes text, measurements, images and video. It’s expected that NVAC will establish four or five regional visual analytics centers next year as funding becomes available. NVAC’s core responsibilities include research and development, education, technology evaluation and implementation and integration and coordination of research programs across government agencies. It will not collect data but develop tools for new ways to evaluate information currently being used by counter-terrorism analysts. It will also work with university researchers to develop future visual analytics technology. Full Story

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