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Joint Venture Partnership | Infrastructure Community | Data Science Education | Smart & Connect

  1. Thanks to all who joined our recent Twitter Chat on the launch of our Big Data Spokes Projects. Catch up on the Twitter Chat content with #BDHubs and read more about the West Spoke Projects here.

  2. The four Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs have been selected by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce to enter into a Joint Venture Partnership. Our proposal built upon efforts with many of our regional collaborators, including startup groups in Utah and Los Angeles-based Data Science, Inc., who served as our co-hosts for our first WBDIH Stakeholder Roundtable and The Science of Data-Driven Storytelling Workshop, respectively. Read this week’s blogpost here for more details and stay tuned for updates.

  3. The Computing Research Association’s Committee on Data Science, including WBDIH PI Michael Franklin, released a statement on Computing Research and the Emerging Field of Data Science. Please share your thoughts to and on social media with #BDHubs.

  4. The South Big Data Hub Data Sharing and Infrastructure working grouphas enlisted the help of members from the south region and is working in collaboration with the Midwest, West, and.  NE Big Data Hubs, including representatives from the National Data Service, XSEDE, DataNet Federation, and iRODS Consortium. The WG will conduct a requirements analysis of Hub spokes and members, map existing assets, schedule demos of key components for a federated system, and through a testbed, demonstrate an analysis integrating NDS Labs, XSEDE and Discovery Environment.The WG meets every other week on Fridays from 3:00 – 4:30 PM EDT. To follow the series, visit the Hackpad. To join the working group or if you have questions and suggestions, please contact Lea Shanley, co-ED of the South Hub at UNC, at The Friday, Oct. 28 session will include Jim Myers (SEAD data services) and Rebecca Koskela from DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Future Demos include:

  5. Nov 11: Presenters: Kenton McHenry (Brown Dog), Carol Song (GABBS) Jane Greenberg (HIVE)

  6. Dec 9: Presenters: Kenton McHenry (National Data Service), Mike Conway (Discovery Environment)

  7. Jan 20, 2017: Presenter: Hao Xu (QueryArrow, Syndicate)

  8. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has published the Smart & Connected Communities (S&CC) program solicitation to support strongly interdisciplinary, integrative research and research capacity-building activities that will improve understanding of smart and connected communities and lead to discoveries that enable sustainable change to enhance community functioning. The solicitation calls for proposals that include clearly articulated community engagement. For the purposes of this year’s solicitation, communities are considered physical, geographically-defined entities, such as towns, cities, or incorporated rural areas, often consisting of diverse, and varied populations, with a governance structure and the ability to engage in meaningful ways with the proposed research. This S&CC solicitation will support research projects in four categories: Integrative Research Grants (IRGs) Track 1, IRGs Track 2, S&CC Research Coordination Networks (RCNs), and Planning Grants. Preliminary proposals are required for IRGs Track 1 and Track 2 only and are due November 30, 2016.For information regarding an upcoming webinar, S&CC activities and additional funding opportunities, please visit

  9. Interested in educating grades K–14 learners in data science? Save the Date for a Data Science Education Technology conference to be held in Berkeley, CA February 15–17, 2017. More information about the conference sponsored by the NSF-supported CODAP project at the Concord Consortium can be found here.

  10. Seeking West Big Data Innovation Hub Correspondents: Do you often hear about community-building initiatives or opportunities that would be of interest to your WBDIH colleagues? Send information for inclusion in emails or social media, and please let us know if you are interested in serving as a WBDIH Correspondent to make sure your state’s exciting data science stories are shared!


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