Launching the West Big Data Innovation Hub
November 2015 
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Greetings from the West Big Data Innovation Hub (WBDIH)!

We are incredibly excited about our launch this month, and the potential of what we can create together. Our mission is to build multi-sector and multi-state partnerships to address societal challenges with Big Data innovation. To help us grow our community, please forward this note widely and tell your colleagues to join our mailing list!


The West region has often been associated with pioneers, explorers, and experimentalists who push the boundaries of what is possible. We're home to some of the world's most vibrant tech companies and a “we can do it”, entrepreneurial spirit. While our stakeholders are spread out across the largest geographical footprint of any of the regional hubs, we are ready to build and strengthen connections in our community -- with industry partners, government at all levels, academia, nonprofits, volunteers, and big data enthusiasts.  


We see the hub as an amazing opportunity to:

  • Educate each other and build awareness of the great work happening across our region -- this includes opportunities for training, civic hackathons where we encourage "learning by doing", and workforce development.

  • Connect stakeholders with potential partners for more effective resource sharing and collaboration

  • Facilitate partnerships that accelerate the transfer of knowledge and tools to the field. We'll be matching big data technology solutions with end users -- and vice versa, to help bridge the gap between R&D and deployment.

  • Incubate innovations and innovators that contribute to the big data ecosystem.  With the right mix of growth conditions and contributions from our diverse network, we're looking forward to what we can build as a team.


As we begin to convene our first in-person and virtual events, please stay connected by:


We appreciate your help spreading the word to increase participation across each state (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming). On behalf of the WBDIH leadership team and our growing network of collaborators, thank you for your continued interest, support, and enthusiasm!



Meredith M. Lee, Ph.D. | Executive Director, West Big Data Innovation Hub |

Big Data Hubs + Spokes Launch

From November 3-5, 2015, an initial coalition of leaders from the regional hubs convened in Washington, DC to discuss governance and engagement strategies and to brainstorm ways to coordinate hub activities.  On the final day of the workshop, we hosted a live public webinar. The WBDIH presentation section starts at 43:12. Additional information about the launch of the hubs can be found in our growing collection of media links.

Success Guidelines for Upcoming NSF Spoke Proposals: During the NSF November Launch meetings in Washington, DC, the hubs converged on a list of Success Guidelines for teams looking to submit NSF Spoke proposals:

  • Involves the application of big data technologies/methodologies to the solution of a scientific or societal challenge

  • Clear metrics/ timeline for success

  • Multi-state

  • Multi-institution

  • Mix of industry, academia, government, non-government organizations

  • Highly collaborative

  • High impact

  • Includes a workforce development component

  • Articulates expected collaboration with the regional hub


We look forward to assisting Big Data Spoke proposal development by helping coordinate our region's response and by identifying potential partnerships to strengthen our region's proposals. All teams must submit a 2 page summary sharing an outline of their proposal ideas and how they will address the above guidelines.  


The WBDIH deadline for 2-pagers is DECEMBER 18 (email to with subject NSF Spoke Solicitation: 2 PAGE SUMMARY). Discussion prior to this deadline is recommended to allow us additional time to help teams strengthen their proposals.


West Hub Thematic Areas

Metro Data Science: tackling challenges in transportation, housing, economic development, and more in a wide variety of landscapes

Precision Medicine: working towards data-informed decisions that are predictive, preventative, personalized, and participatory

Managing Natural Resources and Hazards: addressing opportunities in topics ranging from water resource management and agriculture to emergency preparedness, energy/climate, and sustainability

Big Data Technology: leveraging a track record of innovations in areas including storage, cloud computing, analytics and visualization

Data-enabled Scientific Discovery and Learning: Engaging stakeholders across disciplines to strengthen data science education and transform scientific discovery

Save the Date: Deadlines + Local Meetings

December 7  - hosted by Big Data Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
December 10 - hosted by Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
December 18 - Deadline for 2-pager summary for those interested in submitting a Letter of Intent / NSF Spoke Proposal. Email
January (date TBD) - (Portland, OR)
January 6 - Preliminary Letters of Support from the Hub provided to spoke proposal authors
January 12 - Letters of Intent for NSF Spoke Proposals due (5PM local time) to NSF
January 22 - Internal deadline for Computing Community Consortium
Academia + Industry Program Suggestions to
February 25 - Full Proposals for NSF Spoke Solicitation due (5PM local time) to NSF

September 30 - Deadline for completion of CCC programs that would be funded Spring 2016


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