Data Matters summer short courses to focus on data issues in business and research

Business managers, data analytics specialists, academic researchers, data center administrators and anyone else who grapples with big data are the target audience for an annual weeklong short course series on data issues sponsored by the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), the Odum Institute for Social Science Research at UNC Chapel Hill, and the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI).

18977365440_851ba165b3_z (1)Data Matters, a summer workshop series on all things data, will be held June 20-24 at the Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill, NC. The workshop series will feature two-day courses on Monday and Tuesday and Thursday and Friday, and one-day courses on Wednesday.

Topics to be covered include strategies for managing big data, data management and analysis tools, data mining and machine learning, data visualization, and predictive analysis. Instructors will include experts from Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, RENCI, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and RTI International.

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Research as Art Call for Submissions

Submission deadline is June 10

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When art and science collide, the results can be both beautiful and informative.

That’s the idea behind the “Research as Art” exhibit, part of the 2016 Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Summer Meeting, July 19-22 in Durham, NC. In collaboration with the South Big Data Hub, ESIP will host the exhibit of data visualizations on Wednesday, July 20 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The event will showcase the diversity, creativity, and impact of the research done by the Earth and data science communities through visualizations and graphical presentations of research results.  Continue reading

#BDHubs Twitter Chat

Join the next Twitter Chat on Thursday, June 9 at 3pm ET, to discuss the Federal #BigData R&D Strategic Plan.

Led by @NSF, it will include all 4 Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs. To participate, just follow #BDHubs, and participate in the conversation. A Twitter Chat or Tweet Chat is where a group of Twitter users meet virtually at a predetermined time to discuss a certain topic, using a designated hashtag (in this case #BDHubs) for each tweet contributed. Hosts or moderators will pose questions to prompt responses from participants and encourage interaction among the group. Chats typically last an hour.  Continue reading

South Hub Working Groups and Theme Communities

Working Groups (WGs) engage directly with the Hub Executive team to implement and participate across hub activities. These groups are distinct from Rings in that they would be a select group assisting the Hub in the development and administering of services to the members as a whole. We invite you to participate in an upcoming call, or catch up on what is in progress. By visiting the “Community” navigation tab at, you can listen to previous calls, view our Wiki, and join upcoming calls. Initially, calls begin as exploratory meetings of the community facilitated by the hub, permitting the community to set goals, define and participate in leadership roles, and chart the path forward for the WG.  Continue reading