Report: Big data booms in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, big data is big business. A new report finds that 53 new big data companies have come to Massachusetts since 2014, bringing the number to 537 — a jump of about 10 percent. The report by Mass Big Data, a project of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, also found that the number of schools offering data science certificate or degree programs rose from zero to five within the past three years:  Harvard, Northeastern, UMass Dartmouth, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Becker College. UMass Amherst recently opened new center for data science, although it does not have a degree program in data science. Former Governor Deval Patrick launched an initiative two years ago to make Massachusetts a leader in the emerging big data industry. The report is an update to a 2014…

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