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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


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World Water Week Session: Data-Driven Water Systems Solutions for Communities


The West Hub hosted the virtual Data-Driven Water Systems Solutions for Communities session at World Water Week on August 21. The event explored the intersections of AI-centric data, analysis, and water research and management as it relates to community-driven actions for equitable water solutions. View the recording here.

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The West Hub has an array of affiliates throughout the western states. Click on each state for a glimpse of "big data" spotlights.


West Hub Partner CSU LA Announces New Smart Cities Certificate By Kimberly Mann Bruch, SDSC Communications

The term “Smart City” describes using electronic methods to collect specific data to increase operational efficiency to solve city problems. The California State University in Los Angeles (Cal State LA) has recently announced a new professional education program focused on hands-on skills for people interested in working together on Smart Cities. Specifically, the certificate focuses on growing a workforce that can effectively assist with Los Angeles’ rising problems related to housing, education, employment, transportation, accessibility, social services, crime, aging population, immigration and climate change.


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The Brain Imaging Data Structure (BIDS)

The Brain Imaging Data Structure (BIDS) team will meet at the University of Washington eScience Institute Data Science Studio April 10-11 to discuss project development and coordination. Participants will work in small groups on topics including advancing key BEPs and common priorities. Details are found at Contact Ariel Rokem at for more information.


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