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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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Learning and Doing Data for Good Conference


We invite you to join us for the Learning and Doing Data for Good Conference on September 9-11, 2022, co-hosted by the University of Washington’s eScience Institute and the West Hub. At this forum, current students and alumni of university-based data for good programs will have the opportunity to present their work alongside past partners and data science professionals. In-person participation on the University of Washington campus and virtual participation are available.

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Ashley Atkins Reflects on Her West Hub Leadership Role and Future Direction

The West Big Data Innovation Hub recently announced Ashley Atkins as executive director. Prior to working with the West Hub, Atkins worked as a research scientist at New Mexico State University’s New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute, where her work focused on understanding the interconnections between social and hydrologic systems, particularly for transboundary groundwater regions.


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