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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 Data Challenge:

Accepting Submissions until December 16


The California Water Data Challenge is accepting submissions related to the themes of racial equity, policies and regulations, data accessibility, and data quality. You can access recordings of the symposium and kickoff 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.


University of Utah Researchers Utilize Research Data Center to Study Social Issues

With 32 sites throughout the U.S., the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDC) program aims to decentralize access to restricted federal agency databases and promote novel avenues of academic inquiry utilizing “big data,” which has historically only been available to federal researchers. One such site is the Wasatch Front Research Data Center (WFRDC), which is directed by University of Utah Distinguished Professor of Family Studies & Population Science Ken Smith.



West Hub Leader Vani Mandava joins University of Washington as Head of Engineering 

The University of Washington (UW) eScience Institute recently selected Vani Mandava as the Head of Engineering for the newly formed UW Scientific Software Engineering Center (SSEC) to build a world-class software engineering team to transform scientific software development.


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