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Big Data Innovation Hubs Selected for NTIS Joint Venture Partnership: “A Major Milestone for t

“These joint ventures mark a major milestone for the data economy,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, in a Department of Commerce press release . “As America’s data agency, the Commerce Department is committed to making it easier for businesses, government, taxpayers and communities to access, analyze and use data to strengthen economic growth and create new jobs. I am confident the partnerships between NTIS and each selected organization will unlock new federal data that will leverage advances in data science, promote software development and accelerate innovation.” The Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs are a consortium program established by the National Science Foundation in 2015, with a collective mission to accelerate data-driven innovation through public-private partnerships aimed at addressing societal challenges. Based in he four geographic Census regions, the Big Data Hubs are:
  1. Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, coordinated by Columbia University

  2. West Big Data Innovation Hub, coordinated by University of California – Berkeley, University of Washington, and University of California­ – San Diego

  3. South Big Data Innovation Hub, coordinated by University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and Georgia Institute of Technology

  4. Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub, based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Midwest Hub is a collaboration with Indiana University, Iowa State University, University of Michigan, and the University of North Dakota. “The BD Hubs’ mission of aligning partners to develop data-driven solutions to societal challenges is extremely complementary to the NTIS’ goals – emphasizing agile partnerships to deliver innovative data products and services for the public good,” said René Bastón, Executive Director of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub. The proposal built upon Regional Big Data Innovation Hub programs that included the West Hub’s industry-academic initiatives with Data Science, Inc. and startup companies in Utah.  “We’re excited to bring together a diverse team of leaders from industry, academia, and nonprofit organizations – sparking new collaborations and enabling creative solutions,” noted Meredith Lee, Executive Director of the West Big Data Innovation Hub. The Big Data Hubs were chosen following a rigorous merit review of proposals received in response to the Opportunity to Enter into a Joint Venture with the National Technical Information Service for Data Innovation Support, published in the Federal Register. An additional 34 NTIS JV partners were selected, including leaders in information technology and services such as IBM, HP, Deloitte Consulting, and SRI International. A list of BD Hubs partner organizations included in the Joint Venture proposal is included below.


  1. Agolo

  2. Connecticut Innovations (CI)

  3. Data Science, Inc.

  4. world­­

  5. Evolve STEAM, LLC

  6. Front Analytics, Inc.

  7. Ploughman Analytics


  1. Big Data Driven Business Analytics Group

  2. Center for Big Data Analytics and Discovery Informatics at Penn State (CBDA)

  3. The CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies

  4. Data Science Institute at Columbia University (DSI)

  5. DIMACS (Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science) based at Rutgers University

  6. eScience Institute at the University of Washington

  7. Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)

  8. Institute for Data Engineering and Science at Georgia Tech (IDEaS)


  1. Civic Ninjas

  2. RTI International

  3. Utah Geek Events


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