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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.


UCSB Event Fosters Networks between Environmental Researchers and Data Scientists

The modern era of science is accelerating the ability to develop data-driven solutions to environmental challenges, but the research to inform these solutions has not been as inclusive as it could be. Earlier this year, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) held an Environmental Data Science (EDS) summit to address issues of diversity and produced the trailblazing Santa Barbara Charter.

“This event served as a catalyst for re-envisioning how to make the field of Environmental Data Science welcoming and inclusive for all people,” said UCSB Professor Ben Halpern, Director of NCEAS.



Western New Mexico University Seeks Data Scientist for Grants and Rural Initiatives

Western New Mexico University has announced a new career opportunity for a data scientist to work with their Grants and Rural Initiatives Team. The data scientist will provide full lifecycle qualitative and quantitative analysis and reporting for the “Con Ganas” Title V grant designed to improve WNMU’s institutional ability to better serve its Hispanic learners and communities. Details are at the following URL:


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