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An inclusive community for catalyzing and scaling data science for social needs


The West Big Data Innovation Hub, one of four regional hubs funded by the National Science Foundation, includes contributors and data enthusiasts from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and a global network of partners.


Our mission is to build and strengthen strategic partnerships across academia, industry, nonprofits, and government — connecting research, education, and practice to harness the data revolution.


The West Hub is your Hub. Whether it is participating in a data challenge or carpentry workshop or working towards a more resilient water future—and everything in between—we invite you to join our diverse and growing team of stakeholders that envisions a community empowered to contribute to a thriving West.


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Raise awareness of regional opportunities, inspiring new contributions and commitments

Catalyze team formation across academia, industry, nonprofits, and government

 Develop and enable translational data science pilot projects in our thematic areas

Support data science education, training, and workforce development



2022 California Water Boards Water Data Science Symposium 

The Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) and the California Water Quality Monitoring Council are hosting the Seventh Annual California Water Boards Water Data Science Symposium on June 28-30, 2022. This free annual event aims to enhance how water quality monitoring generates and uses meaningful data to inform equitable water quality management decisions. 

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West Hub Affiliate Researcher Leads Efforts to Help Keep K-12 Students COVID-Safe

For over a year of the pandemic, a group of UC San Diego researchers met weekly with epidemiologists at the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) to discuss COVID-19 dynamics, analyze populations at higher risk and explore the county’s pandemic response and new ways to mitigate the infection. This early collaboration resulted in several interesting projects, including one led by West Hub Affiliate and San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) researcher Ilya Zaslavsky and a team of UC San Diego undergraduate data science students, who developed an agent-based simulation system to assist in COVID-safe school re-openings within San Diego County.


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