West Big Data Innovation Hub
June 2017
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Thanks to everyone who joined us in-person or virtually last week for our 2nd Open Annual Meeting!  
We were excited to convene over 100 stakeholders at our first event in Boulder, CO, with representation from all of the 13 West Region states, and over 600 joining via livestream.

The Organizing Committee will be posting slides, additional photos, and video from the event at the meeting website.  If you participated or have input for next year's annual meeting, please fill out the Post-Event Survey and Continue the Conversation with #WestData17.  

The slides from Dr. Fen Zhao's presentation and additional information from last week's webinar on the NSF Spokes Solicitation will be posted at


Reminder: Deadline for Requesting Spokes Call for Proposals Letter of Collaboration

Please note that the deadline to fill out the Letter of Collaboration Request Form with a hub is JUNE 19, 2017. More details can be found at As noted previously, the West Hub leadership team will have Q&A Office Hours June 14-15 posted at


Big Data Hubs and Microsoft Azure Partner on Cloud Computing Initiative

A recent Microsoft Research blog post highlights achievements gained through our collaboration, both for Hub-specific projects and the National Transportation Data Challenge


As always, we greatly appreciate your help spreading the word to increase participation across each West Region state (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming). To help us grow our community, please forward this note widely and tell your colleagues to join our mailing list!

On behalf of the WBDIH leadership team and our growing network of collaborators, thank you for your continued interest, support, and enthusiasm. Hope to see or hear from you soon!




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


Save the Date: Deadlines + Local Meetings

June 14-15  West Hub Leadership Office Hours: Q&A about Spokes Letters of Collaboration   online ( for details)
June 19  Deadline to request NSF Spokes Solicitation Letter of Collaboration

July 14  #DataSciStories Workshop and Training co-hosted with AAAS and the South Hub    Washington DC

Sept 18   Proposals for NSF Spoke Solicitation due to NSF


Big Data Spokes FY2018 Solicitation Announced

As mentioned in previous newsletters, the NSF Big Data Spokes Solicitation for FY2018 is now online. 

The Big Data activities of a BD Spoke will be guided by the following broad themes:

  • Accelerating progress towards addressing societal grand challenges relevant to the regional and national priority areas defined by the BD Hubs (see our thematic and cross-cutting areas on our website and captured in our West Hub At-a-Glance summary, and look to our website for additional guidance soon about other hubs' areas and NSF FAQs);
  • Helping automate the Big Data lifecycle; and
  • Enabling access to and spurring the use of important and valuable available data assets, including international data sets where relevant.

NSF's overall Big Data R&D portfolio includes fundamental research, infrastructure development and provisioning, education and workforce development, and community engagement.  Not all of these aspects of the overall portfolio are covered by this solicitation. In particular, this solicitation is not meant to fund proposals in which fundamental research is the primary activity. 

NEW FOR THIS SOLICITATION: There are two proposal categories covered by this solicitation: SMALL and MEDIUM BD Spokes.

As was the case for the first BD Spoke solicitation, NSF notes that all proposals submitted in response to this solicitation must include a Letter of Collaboration from a regional BD 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. More details about the Form to Request Letters of Collaboration (due June 19, 2017) in advance of the NSF Sept. 18, 2017 deadline is at, and please feel free to contact us at

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