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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



Call for Applications: 2023 PEPI-G Fellows


The South Big Data Innovation Hub's Program to Empower Partnerships with Industry and Government (PEPI-G) supports data faculty members, research scientists, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students (rising juniors and seniors) from across the country in working on high-level problems for the federal government. 

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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.

Data Science Ethos Project Provides Formal Model for Ethical Data Science Research

The West Hub is pleased to announce that the Academic Data Science Alliance (ADSA) has recently launched Data Science Ethos - an interactive, online tool for teaching and learning the ethical and societal impacts of data science.

“Data Science Ethos illustrates a familiar framework for working with data: the research lifecycle,” said ADSA Executive Director Micaela S. Parker. “At each stage of the lifecycle, users are presented with ethical lenses through which to consider the research: Positionality, Power, Narratives, and Sociotechnical Systems.”



United Nations Highlights West Hub’s Transboundary Groundwater Resilience Work

Led by New Mexico State University, the project focuses on cross-border relationships.

Next week, the United Nations (UN) 2023 Water Conference will take place for the first time since 1977 in New York. Highlighted on the conference’s Water Action Agenda, which calls for efforts that “unite the world for water,” is the Transboundary Groundwater Resilience (TGR) Network . Led by Sam Fernald from New Mexico State University, West Hub Executive Director Ashley Atkins and West Hub Principal Investigator Christine Kirkpatrick serve as co-principal investigators on the TGR project.


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