The National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS)

At a Glance
  • Status: Active Consortium
  • Year Launched: 2013
  • Initiating Organization: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • Initiator Type: Third-party organization
  • No disease focus
  • Location: North America


The National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS) is a collaboration of leaders in academia, industry, and government formed to address the data challenges of the 21st century. NCDS was founded as a mechanism to help the U.S. take advantage of the ever increasing flow of digital data in ways that result in new jobs and industries, new advances in healthcare, transformative discoveries in science, and competitive advantages for U.S. industry.


NCDS works to advance three key goals:

Consortium History

April 2013:  Consortium founded

Structure & Governance

Membership in NCDS is open to organizations in the business, academic, government, and nonprofit sectors. Membership provides organizations with the following opportunities:

Data Sharing

The NCDS Data Observatory is a core element of NCDS. Its purpose is to create a diverse repository of very large datasets for NCDS members to use and share in support of the mission to advance data science. The Observatory will provide a place for those interested in the science of data to form a community to exchange tools, approaches, data, and other relevant information. Its shared, distributed infrastructure will give researchers the space to develop the theoretical underpinnings to inform data science advances.

The Observatory will be the foundation for the NCDS Data Laboratory, a virtual lab that will provide data science researchers with access to the emerging tools and physical infrastructure they need to test radically new techniques for storing, sharing, analyzing, transforming, and visualizing data.

The Data Observatory will evolve as NCDS grows. NCDS members are encouraged to contribute to the NCDS Data Observatory by submitting ideas for additional resources to add.


Annually NCDS announces a call for proposals for the Data Fellows Exchange Program to provide faculty members from NCDS academic partner institutions the opportunity to receive funding to help support research on novel and innovative data science and data-focused business problems.

Points of Contact

Stanley C. Ahalt, Ph.D.
Director, RENCI
Professor, Department of Computer Science
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
100 Europa Drive, Suite 540
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
phone: 919-445-9641

Sponsors & Partners

Cisco Systems


Drexel University

Duke University

EMC Corporation

General Electric Company



North Carolina State University

Renaissance Computing Institute

Research Triangle Institute International

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

University of North Carolina General Administration

University of North Carolina Greensboro

Last Updated: 04/22/2016

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