Mobilizing the Hub Community

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MOBILIZING THE HUB COMMUNITY OVERVIEW

The South Hub accelerates academic, industry, and community engagement in big data and data science by enabling networking and dialogue among stakeholders to assess their needs and increase the sharing of success stories, lessons learned, and best practices. In addition to the development of the Southern Region Data community, the South Hub also actively participates in the creation of a light-weight national coordination body through a National Coordination Committee (NCC) that allows the Hubs as a collective to respond to opportunities and scale insights across common goals.

 

IMPACT

  • 113+ yearly events and opportunities included in the newsletter by Hub partners
  • 150 virtual and in-person events that have attracted over 4700+ participants
  • 200+ All hands Meeting attendees

 

VIEW MORE ABOUT HOW WE MOBILIZE THE HUB COMMUNITY

Data Education--Inclusivity is the Word
As organizational and societal decisions become more data-driven academic institutions, industry, and government officials continuously identify data literacy as an important skillset for individuals currently in and entering the workforce.  Unfortunately, a dearth of qualified data literate employees exists producing a need for effective data science education and training for undergraduates.  The National Academies of Sciences (NAS) formed a study committee to consider the core principles and skills undergraduates should learn and the pedagogical issues that must be addressed to build effective data science education programs.
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Krystal Geo
The proliferation of mobile devices and low-cost sensors has enabled citizens to collect timely geospatial information and contribute to scientific research and fieldwork that addresses locally relevant, global environmental issues, including disaster management, food security, and climate change. This collaborative exchange, in which citizens as well as scientists and policymakers, actively participate in the creation of new scientific knowledge, is called citizen science to contribute, together with scientists and policymakers, to address locally relevant, global environmental issues, including disaster management, food security, and climate change. This collaborative exchange, in which citizens are active participants in the co-creation of new scientific knowledge, is known as Citizen Science. If you missed the citizen science workshop or want to review the content that was presented there, SWF has posted the workshop agenda, video and links to the slides of presenters.
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Hub Group
Keeping Data Science Broad in-person workshop explored the Data Divide by convening stakeholders from teaching institutions, community colleges, tribal colleges, and minority-serving institutions to discuss challenges related to capacity building and capability. Specific issues discussed included access to data, critical thinking, designing curriculum and assessment, data literacy, diversity, ethics, resources and staffing, building collaborations, and the pipeline to higher education from K-12. Recent education-enabling projects were showcased at the event.
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Workshop part of its Keeping Data Science Broad: Bridging the Data Divide series. Each webinar highlighted programs and experiences in data science education as well as some of the challenges involved in creating and implementing educational programs in a field that is still very new and in the process of being defined.
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Mobile Health Workshop sparks ideas for future research
Participant recap of the mHealth Workshop, held in Chapel Hill, NC in May 2017. The workshop was supported by the South Big Data Hub and the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS). Wenbin Zhang is a first-year PhD student in the department of information systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He attended the South Big Data Hub/NCDS Mobile Health Workshop in May with travel support from the South Hub.
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Reflections on the South BD Hub mHealth Workshop in May 2017. Chenzhang Bao was a student at the University of Texas at Dallas majoring in information systems. He was one of several students who the South Big Data Hub supported to attend an mHealth Workshop in May. The Conference was held in Chapel Hill and sponsored by the South Big Data Hub and the National Consortium for Data Science in collaboration with the Institute for the Future.
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On Friday, June 9, 2017, more than 75 people from across sectors and disciplines—academia, government, nonprofits, and industry—met at the Microsoft Chevy Chase Pavilion near Washington, DC, to assess the progress of the South Big Data Hub, and shape its future.The recent 2017 South Hub All-Hands meeting allowed several Hub stakeholders, members, partners, and funded projects, called “spokes,” to convene and report on progress and upcoming activities. It also was a forum for members to connect with colleagues across disciplines to form collaborations as new hopefuls for the next round of "spokes" funding. Vire the post to learn more about the meeting, speakers, and outcomes.
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In 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. 
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Chinese scientists get a taste of data-driven research at U.S. State Department
Ten scientists from the People’s Republic of China visited with University of North Carolina faculty members in January, where they learned about research that uses big data and data science to understand problems related to smart and connected cities, environmental quality, air pollution, and urban quality of life. The scientists were part of the International Visitor Leadership Program Young Scientist Forum, a program sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Office of International Visitors Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Young Scientists Forum is an annual engagement under the U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange, which aims to strengthen the ties between U.S. and Chinese citizens in the areas of culture, education, science and technology, sports, and women’s issues. This particular forum was in the U.S. to explore best practices for connecting with, and engaging, the public on scientific research related to air, water, and soil pollution. View the post for more information.
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Earning a college degree takes more than time and effort—it requires a significant financial investment. According to a report from Thrivent Mutual Funds highlighted in a recent edition of Forbes magazine, choosing a major that can translate into a data science career is one way to ensure that your career earning power will allow you to pay off those student loans quickly. Is an understanding of data, how to use it, manage it, and act on it, the newest foundational skill essential for career success in the 21st century? Probably so. It can also help you with very practical concerns, for example interpreting the automatic diagnostics that are done daily on your new car so you can figure out a better route to work and improve your gas mileage. How to afford that fancy data-driven car? A data science education that opens up many well-paying career opportunities is a good place to start. View post for the full report.
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