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November 2022 | @westbigdatahub | #BDHubs

Community Spotlights

West Hub Research Experience for Undergraduates Students Complete Summer Data Science Projects

By: Timothy Chu, West Hub REU Intern

This summer, the West Big Data Innovation Hub hosted four interns through the National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Interns Timothy Chu, Vivian Kwan, Iain Law, and Charles Young assisted with an array of projects for the West Hub.

“This summer cohort of NSF REU interns produced fantastic data science-related work and research in support of the West Hub’s mission," said West Hub Executive Director Ashley Atkins. “We are excited to showcase what they achieved."

REU Interns Charles Young, Iain Law, and Timothy Chu at the San Diego Supercomputer Center

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“Big Data” Provides Powerful Insight for Colorado-Based Foster Care Advocacy Team
By: Kimberly Mann Bruch

According to the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Public Awareness Campaign, an average of ten youths enter the foster care system each day in Colorado. Many are placed in group settings due to a lack of individual families able to care for them. West Big Data Innovation Hub writer Kim Bruch recently had the chance to speak with Natasha Pepperl and Emmy Tither from Just As Special, an advocacy group in Colorado, to learn how they are using “big data” to assist current foster parents in the state as well as encourage others to help with their cause in hosting children who need a home.

Photo credit and permission: Just As Special

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Featured Updates

West Hub researchers at UC San Diego will lead efforts to create network focused on FAIR data principles for machine learning, artificial intelligence readiness, and reproducibility

Last month, in conjunction with the West Hub's sustainability efforts, the NSF awarded approximately $12.5 million to ten projects within the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable (FAIR) Open Science (OS) Research Coordination Networks (RCN) program. Principal Investigator Christine Kirkpatrick will lead the RCN FARR: FAIR in machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI) readiness and reproducibility award, which presents a unique funding and future partnership opportunity for the Hub to work with a wider network of information, data, and domain scientists in the ML and AI communities. The project will encourage better research practices and shared data accessibility based on the core FAIR data principles across multidisciplinary communities and leverage relationships with world-class institutions including: the Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO), the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), and the EarthCube Office. This project builds on the foundation of UC San Diego’s FAIR-related West Hub efforts to meet new and emerging needs.
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2022 California Water Data Challenge accepting submissions until December 16

This year, the California Water Data Challenge is accepting submissions related to the themes of racial equity, policies and regulations, data accessibility, and data quality. You can access recordings of the symposium and kickoff here

California is implementing the Open and Transparent Water Data Act to publish water and ecosystem information in an open data format. In addition to fostering the development of innovative tools and insights related to safe drinking water, the California Water Data Challenge will provide participants an opportunity to engage with the open data portal and submit feedback, advice, and suggestions for consideration as this effort is being implemented.

Data has the power to help us see challenges through different lenses, discover solutions that may not otherwise be evident, and put tools into the hands of those who need them most—empowering the community to work together in new ways. The 2022 Water Data Challenge focuses on open data to collectively assess what we know and prepare for a more resilient future.
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Data Science Discovery Program accepting project partner applications for Spring 2023

The Data Science Discovery Program is accepting project partner applications for Spring 2023. Since 2015, the Data Science Discovery Program has helped incubate and accelerate data science research for over 500 partner projects. We do this by providing connecting projects with talented data science student teams along with project management and technical infrastructure support.

The application to be a Data Science Discovery Project Partner is open to partners in all academic institutions, non-profits, government agencies, and industry.

As a Data Science Discovery Project Partner, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Increase your capacity to take on data-centric projects, at any level of complexity and for multiple semesters. 
  • Collaborate with UC Berkeley’s world-class data science undergraduate and graduate research students 
  • Create cutting-edge machine learning, neural network, and AI algorithms to get new insights and tangible results from your data science projects
  • Rely on an infrastructure of technical and project management support for your student team
  • Join the club of project partners that span academic institutions, government, industry, and non-profits, including UCSF, Harvard, LBNL, NASA, IBM, BART, the United Nations, and American Heart Association, and more. 
  • Access free cloud computing and data storage resources.

Apply here by Friday, November 18, 2022. Questions? Email

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Improving Digital Inclusivity on Local Government Websites using the “Hidden Cues” in Data | November 2

In theory, digital spaces can provide both services and better quality of life to more people than ever before. In practice, too many government websites are not serving diverse populations equally. You want your website to do better and attract historically underprivileged categories, but how do you begin? In this webinar, you’ll learn how civic analytics can give solid clues about how to build a more inclusive government website. Interpersonal Frequency founder Harish R. Rao will reveal our 2021 Government Benchmarking report with user success data with insight on how to attract those digitally left behind, and help you decide where to invest your next research funds. Plus, he’ll discuss unique insights learned from I.F.’s in-depth website discovery process with cities and counties. We will also cover “hidden” insights buried in the benchmarks, like the services that municipal government web users most want — but often fail to find or receive. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, November 2, at 9am PT. Register here
Education and Data Science Workforce Group | November 4

The Education and Data Science Workforce Group, hosted by the South Big Data Innovation Hub, is an open monthly professional working group for data science educators and program leaders to talk and hear from other programs around the country. Join the next working group meeting on Friday, November 4, at 8am PT. Learn more
Data Sharing and Cyberinfrastructure Working Group | November 4

The Data Sharing and Cyberinfrastructure Working Group is a collaboration across all four of the Big Data Innovation Hubs.  Each month, the working group brings together data scientists and cyberinfrastructure professionals to learn about topics of common interest.  Areas covered include data management and analytics tools and frameworks, and use of data science to solve real-world problems in areas such as transportation, water quality, public health and disaster response. Join the working group on Friday, November 4, from 10-11am PT. Learn more here.
Water Data Forum Webinar | November 9

The Smart Water Equity: Data-Enabled Affordability and Justice will take place on Wednesday, November 9, at 7am PT. Hosted by the Cleveland Water Alliance, the Midwest Big Data Hub, and the Water Environment Federation’s Intelligent Water Technology Committee, this event will convene industry and community experts to explore the current and future application of water data tools, as well as issues related to water equity and environmental justice. In a facilitated discussion, the panelists will examine specific case studies and projects to define a vision for the impact and future of data in this space. Register here.
FAIR Digital Objects Forum Lectures | November 17

Join the FAIR Digital Objects Forum for a lecture and discussion on Thursday, November 17, at 9:30am PTDr. Sven Bingert, Dr. Tibor Kalman, and Prof. Dr. Philipp Wieder will present Persistent Identifiers (PID) and Fair Digital Objects (FDO) Service Provisioning in an evolving data landscapea strategy viewJoin the event here.
DataJam Project Proposals | Due December 2

Project proposals for DataJam 2023 are due by Friday, December 2, 2022. The DataJam is an academic competition for high school students and afterschool programs that focuses on teaching about the use of big data to answer a research question. Students work in teams to formulate a research question, find publicly available data sets, analyze their data, make data visualizations, and present their findings to a panel of judges. Find more information here.
Join the National Student Data Corps! 

The National Student Data Corps (NSDC) Chapters provide a community of support for data science learners of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels, with a special focus on underserved communities. Get started today and join the U.S. West Regional Chapter to benefit from learning resources, mentorship, research and career opportunities to launch your data science journeys!
In Case You Missed It #ICYMI
West Hub Represented on National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Board on Research Data and Information
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has announced that West Hub Principal Investigator Christine Kirkpatrick of the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego will be joining their Board on Research Data and Information.
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Transboundary Groundwater Resilience Seminar Series: Frédéric Guarino 

After more than 15 years in technological innovation and marketing strategy, Frédéric Guarino pivoted to academia in 2021, and is now a lecturer at the University of Sherbrooke, the Peace Innovation Institute in The Hague, and the Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford. Frédéric's work is at the intersection of technology (AI), water geopolitics, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He is a journalist by training and has lived and worked in the US, France, Switzerland, Japan, and Canada. He is co-organizing the virtual green zone of the UN Conference of the Parties (COP)15, which takes place in Montreal from December 7-19, 2022. This biodiversity conference will bring together varying governmental parties from around the world to discuss the future of nature preservation and construct the necessary framework to build a robust plan evaluating the impacts society poses on the environment.

COP15 and the virtual green zone provide the opportunity to showcase TGR-related work and to connect with non-governmental organizations and biodiversity advocates from across the globe. Frédéric Guarino, one of the co-organizers of the virtual green zone, provided information about the event and participation in his October Seminar Series presentation. You can access a recording of the presentation
here. TGR synergistically connects water, social, data, and systems science to catalyze transformative change for groundwater systems around the world facing unprecedented depletion; learn more about upcoming events here.
Summer 2023 Dow Jones News Fund College Internship
Application deadline: November 14

Software Engineers | Multiple Positions
University of Washington Scientific Software Engineering Center (SSEC) 

Machine Learning Specialist
University of Washington eScience Institute

Multiple Positions
San Diego Supercomputer Center

Research Data Specialist
California State Water Resources Control Board
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