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NIST Issues Final Big Data Interoperability Framework

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released its final Big Data Interoperability Framework meant to support the development of software tools that can perform data analysis in any computing environment. NIST said Tuesday the framework can also help analysts move their workloads across platforms.

“This framework is a reference for how to create an ‘agnostic’ environment for tool creation. If software vendors use the framework’s guidelines when developing analytical tools, then analysts’ results can flow uninterruptedly, even as their goals change and technology advances,” said Wo Chang, a NIST computer scientist.

The final framework consists of nine volumes and includes taxonomies and consensus definitions for software developers, privacy protections and data security requirements for software tools and a reference architecture interface specification to facilitate the deployment of such tools.

“The reference architecture interface specification will enable vendors to build flexible environments that any tool can operate in,” Chang said.

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