Startup Plus Grad Student Internship Proves to be a Winning Combination

Combine young companies led by bright entrepreneurs with talented graduate students eager to use their skills and something good is bound to happen.

A case in point is, an Austin, Texas-based startup dedicated to making data (such as U.S. Census data) more accessible and usable; and Jonathan Ortiz, a graduate student in the data analytics program at the University of Texas at Austin.

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August Opportunities & Events

The following opportunities and events went out to all of our mailing list subscribers:

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South Hub Working Groups:

Data Sharing and Infrastructure Working Group

The South Big Data Hub Community Engagement Working Group will be meeting for the second time in August. If you would like to participate, please fill out the doodle poll by Monday, August 8th: The Data Sharing and Infrastructure working group is developing a vision for shared cyberinfrastructure, services, and resources across the Hub, and is initiating an asset mapping and needs assessment effort. Initial calls will be open. The first working group call provided presentations by Reagan Moore (UNC RENCI) on the NSF DataNet Federation Consortium, Jason Coposky (UNC RENCI) on the iRODS consortium, Mike Conway (UNC RENCI) on NSF-sponsored CyVerse, Len Fishman on Data.World, and Victor Hazlewood on JICS and XSEDE. For the notes from the first meeting held on July 13th, please visit: To join the working group, please contact Lea Shanley at

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South Hub Goes to Washington!

Left to right: Lea Shanley, Srinivas Aluru, Fen Zhao, Renata Rawlings-Goss, Dan Stazione, Stan Ahalt, Melvin Greer

Representatives of the South Hub including Principal Investigators Srinivas Aluru and Stan Ahalt, and Co-Executive Directors Renata Rawlings-Goss and Lea Shanley met in Washington, D.C. for congressional briefings to educate staff on the importance and impact of data science, as well as on the activities of the South Big Data Hub.   Continue reading

South Hub Sponsors a Fall Workshop Series

The South Hub is sponsoring several workshops this fall, and registration for these events is now open. Participants come from academic research institutions across the 16 states that comprise the South Big Data Innovation Hub and industrial partners across the country. Some workshops will have limits concerning attendees due to space, and there are also a limited number of travel awards available. View more about all of these workshops by visiting   Continue reading

South Big Data Hub DataStart fellow reflects on lessons learned

By Jonathan Ortiz, DataStart Fellow,, Austin, Texas

Jonathan Ortiz trying his hand at the slackline.

As the summer semester passes its halfway point, I take a moment to reflect on just what an amazing summer it has been and think ahead to what is in store for the second half. I am a Data Analytics and Big Data student at The University of Texas at Austin, and this summer I have had the exciting opportunity to work with, an Austin data startup, through a DataStart fellowship managed by the South Big Data Hub with support from the Computing Community Consortium and the National Science Foundation. is a data platform that helps people work together to solve important problems faster. I believe, as the good folks at believe, that the barriers that divide data and people are artifacts from a less-connected era. In a time when more and more open data is created every day, only a tiny fraction—less than 1%—of all the data that gets collected and stored is ever analyzed, according to an IDC report.   Continue reading