We can’t control Mother Nature, but we can use data to mitigate some of her more destructive occurrences, including floods.
That’s the premise behind a hackathon sponsored by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the city of Huntsville, AL. The hackathon, to be held Feb. 25 and 26, will give software developers, policymakers, public safety officials, business leaders, and other creative problem solvers the chance to make a difference in how communities prepare for and respond to dangerous floods. Continue reading
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The data science community and members of the South Big Data Hub should mark their calendars for the very first Southern Data Science Conference, to be held on April 7 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina. The conference is expected to attract data science thought leaders from around the southeast and the nation and will feature speakers from innovative companies and research laboratories, such as Google, Microsoft, AT&T, NASA, Glassdoor and Groupon. Continue reading
The South Big Data Hub Data Sharing and Infrastructure working group has enlisted the help of members from the south region and is working in collaboration with the Midwest, West, and NE Big Data Hubs, including representatives from the National Data Service, XSEDE, DataNet Federation, and iRODS Consortium. The WG will conduct a requirements analysis of Hub spokes and members, map existing assets, schedule demos of key components for a federated system, and through a testbed, demonstrate an analysis integrating NDS Labs, XSEDE and Discovery Environment.
As big data becomes ubiquitous in research and business, more and more people are finding they need guidance on how to make the most of their data and follow best practices. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative recognizes that for biomedical researchers and clinicians to take full advantage of the data revolution they need…well, data—in the form of training, guidelines, expert advise, use cases, and more.
To meet this need, the BD2K now offers a virtual lecture series on the data science underlying biomedical research, featuring weekly presentations from experts on the fundamentals of data management, representation, computation, statistical inference, data modeling, and other topics relevant to big data in biomedicine. The BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science Series offers live streaming presentations every Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern time. The presentations are also recorded and posted online for future viewing and reference.
Two sessions are already online: Introduction to Big Data and the Data Lifecycle, and Data Indexing and Retrieval. They can be viewed on YouTube here. The next live presentation, called Finding and Accessing Data Sets, Indexing and Identifiers, will be held Sept. 23 and will feature Lucila Ohno-Machado, MD, PhD, and chair of the department of biomedical informatics at the University of California at San Diego.
There is no cost for attending or viewing a presentation and no registration is required. For more information about the series, including a list of upcoming lectures, visit the BD2K Training Coordinating Center website.
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 http://southbdhub.org/workshops.html. Continue reading
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).
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.
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 www.southbdhub.org, 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