AAAS and Big Data Hubs Offer a Deep Dive into Data Visualization

Digital data is ubiquitous and offers unprecedented opportunities for government, business, science and society. However, data is little more than noise if no one can make sense of it.

Data visualization, or presenting data in visual formats that are more easily comprehended by the human brain, help people make sense of data and tell stories with data. It is a tool that is vital to putting data to use to solve problems and make informed decisions.

Anyone looking to learn more about data visualization and how it can be used to tell stories should mark their calendars for the all-day event Data Driven Storytelling: A Deep Dive into Visualization. The event will be held Friday, July 14, at the headquarters of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 1200 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Sponsors are The South Big Data Hub, the West Big Data Hub and the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships, which together comprise the Big Data Affinity Group (BDAG).

The event will provide a forum for people to share how they use data to tell stories, and provide different perspectives on data visualization and storytelling. New approaches for extracting insights from data and effectively communicating these insights will be presented. All attendees will learn about the basics of data visualization as well as best practices and tools that facilitate data communication. Organizers hope using these tools can drive actions in government through data-informed decision making.

Information on registration will be coming shortly—stay tuned to this blog or subscribe to the South Big Data Hub newsletter to stay informed.

Leveraging the OGC Innovation Program to Advance Big Data Spokes

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By Luis Bermudez, Executive Director, Open Geospatial Consortium Innovation Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) currently has an open program solicitation that seeks to establish more ‘Big Data Spokes’ to advance big data applications. Like the BD Hubs, the BD Spokes provide a regional coordinating role but focus on narrower topic areas, such as applications that address the acquisition and use of health data, or data science in agriculture. In addition to its topic area, Spokes are driven by three themes: 1) advancing solutions towards a grand challenge; 2) automating the big data lifecycle; and 3) improving and incentivizing access to critical data.  Continue reading

NSF BIGDATA and BDHubs Joint PI Meeting: a student’s perspective

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This post can also be found on Lucy’s blog

This summer I was funded by the South Big Data Hub’s DataStart program to intern at a local startup. Through this opportunity, I met the co-executive director Dr. Lea Shanely, who invited me to attend Hub’s annual Principal Investigator (PI) meeting if I agreed to blog about it (easy sell!). The goal of the 2017 Joint PI Meeting was to gather PIs who are funded through the NSF’s BIGDATA research program and Big Data Hubs and Spokes programs, along with industry and government invitees, to discuss current research, identify challenges, and examine promising opportunities and future directions of data research and education. Continue reading

Separating the wheat from the chaff in an age of bots and trolls

bots and trolls2In the age of ubiquitous connectivity and social media, information is at our fingertips. Unfortunately, so is misinformation and often it is hard to tell one from the other.

A recent roundtable discussion sponsored by the South Big Data Hub examined the rapidly changing landscape for building online communities, sharing information, and creating what often appears to be a groundswell of support for particular points of view.  Continue reading

Call for Proposals issued for May workshop on mobile health technologies

The South Big Data Hub (SBDH), in collaboration with the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), will convene a workshop on May 15-16 at UNC-Chapel Hill to identify and prioritize research challenges in data science cyberinfrastructure (CI) to enable mobile health (mHealth) applications to address environmental health and related healthcare challenges in the Southern United States.

The proposed workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of experts to understand the requirements, architectures, and approaches for mHealth CI. The workshop will explore existing research to understand: What is the state of the art in mHealth CI? How do these architectures deal with potential roadblocks, such as privacy, security, and ethics?

The South Hub and the NCDS would like to invite graduate students in mHealth to apply to participate in the workshop. Continue reading