Duke University has received $9.75 million in gifts and matching funds to drive big data research across medicine, energy, social science and other areas, the university announced this week. 

Duke's big data effort—known as the Information Initiative at Duke (iiD)—launched in 2013. It focuses on "harnessing massive amounts of information to tackle society's biggest challenges," according to Duke President Richard H Brodhead, who announced the funding total on April 27.

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