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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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The Women in Data Science (WiDS) Datathon 2022 is Now Live

The 5th Annual Women in Data Science (WiDS) Datathon is now open on Kaggle, and the competition has begun! The datathon provides exciting opportunities for both beginners and experienced data scientists to work with a novel dataset to identify ways to mitigate the effects of climate change. Participants will analyze differences in building energy efficiency, creating models to predict building energy consumption. Learn more about this year's dataset and prizes, get access to resources and tutorials, attend a datathon workshop, create or join a team on Kaggle, and start competing today. The WiDS Datathon will be open on Kaggle January 6 - February 26, 2022.  

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Pamela Scott-Johnson is Dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences at California State University, Los Angeles, and Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation-funded Big Data to Promote Community Learning and Impact grant, a West Big Data Innovation Hub Spoke Project.

Promoting Big Data Among the Underserved: Cal State LA and City of Los Angeles Collaborate on Summer Scholar Programs

The City of Los Angeles Data Team recently worked with Community Partners and California State University Los Angeles (Cal State LA) College of Natural and Social Sciences to continue their efforts to promote big data literacy among local college students and underserved communities. The community-driven activities were a continuation of a National Science Foundation-funded three-year project coined Big Data to Promote Community Learning and Impact, a Spoke Project connected to the West Big Data Innovation Hub.


“Although this summer’s activities were challenging due to the pandemic restrictions, our students prevailed and completed an array of projects,” said Cal State LA’s Dean of College of Natural and Social Sciences Pamela Scott-Johnson. “This was all possible thanks to support from the City’s Data Team as well as our colleagues at Community Partners.”


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