|Greetings, West Hub community!
We encourage you to join all three of our Directors TODAY Thursday July 26 between 12-1pm PT for a Virtual ‘Fireside Chat’. Please considerRetweeting the coordinates or sharing the announcement on Facebook, particularly with anyone who could benefit from the reflections on data science education, training, and career paths. For the full set of #CAWaterDataChallenge updates, we welcome you to join the dedicated Water Data Challenge community announcements list and to visit waterchallenge.data.ca.gov.
Open Annual All Hands Meeting: Registration Now Open
Calling all data enthusiasts! Join colleagues from industry, academia, nonprofits, and government Sept. 20 for our 2018 Open Annual All Hands Meeting, in scenic Boise, Idaho!
Your leadership and participation will strengthen our community as we embark on the next phase of #BDHubs. Besides the updates on our flagship initiatives, community-led sessions on Data Science Education, Data Ethics, Smart & Connected Communities, Health Data, Infrastructure and other topics…this year we will feature hands-on facilitated ‘collaboration sprints‘ for road-mapping current and future projects. Yes, there will be a talented graphic facilitator to help us visualized a shared, collaborative trajectory and create a tangible take-home #WestData18 souvenir.
Also new this year: ‘Pay It Forward‘ Registration options to support Early Career community members who might not otherwise be able to join. Save your spot now and please share with colleagues: westdata18.eventbrite.com!
Data Science Pedagogy & Practice Workshop Materials
We co-hosted a lively Workshop on Undergraduate Data Science Pedagogy & Practice last week, welcoming 34 universities and colleges from across the nation. Read about the speakers and participants in the brochure, check out the new 2-pager Resource Sheet, and please share feedback about the online materials (all hyperlinked from the online agenda). Retweet the group photo + map of participating groups here!
Solving for Safety for Visualization Challenge
In the US Department of Transportation’s Solving for Safety: Visualization Challenge, individuals, and teams will compete for $350,000 in cash prizes by developing innovative analytical visualization tools to gain insights or inform decisions to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on the U.S. road and rail systems.
Please consider participating in the Solving for Safety Visualization Challenge as a Solver submitting innovative ideas or as an Innovation Agent providing real-world knowledge, guidance, insight, issues, and data to participants. Upload your innovative idea by the Stage I deadline on July 31, 2018, 11:59 PM ET.
Introduction to Jupyter for Water Data Analysis: Materials + Video Recording Available
Thanks to all 50+ participants who joined us last Monday for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Project Jupyter, UC Berkeley, and Kitware, Inc. virtual tutorial for the California Water Data Challenge. Challenge participants were introduced to open-sourced Jupyter notebooks, with content from both R and Python, as well as interactive data visualization examples.
Three video segments are now online, with the tutorial materials. The first segment is a broadly-applicable general Jupyter tutorial and update. We encourage you to join the conversation on slack and check out the YouTube #CAWaterDataChallenge Playlist!
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org