Northeast Big Data Hub Newsletter | December 17, 2019
Welcome back to the Northeast Hub's newsletter

The Northeast Hub kicked off our Phase 2 with all 4 Big Data Innovation Hubs at NSF headquarters earlier this fall, and we are excited to continue building partnerships that accelerate data science innovation over the next four years. 
Learn more about our new award and what's next for the Hub via the following announcements:

Northeast Big Data Hub press release
Columbia University press release
Penn State press release

Call for Host Partners: First-ever All Hubs Summit 2020


With the announcement of the second phase of the Regional Big Data Innovation Hubs, we are excited to launch our first-ever All Hubs Summit in May/June 2020!

Taking the place of our regional All Hands meetings every other year, this All Hubs Summit is a new opportunity to connect activities, programs, and initiatives in data science at a national scale. Join us, along with the National Science Foundation and our growing community, to spark new collaborations, share your latest successes and lessons learned, and contribute to the future of the #BDHubs!

Interested in partnering with us for this inaugural event? Do you know of a great venue for the Summit? 

>>Please fill out our HOST PARTNER INTEREST FORM<<

Benefits of partnering with the Hubs:

  • Increase the visibility of your organization/institution and local region within the national network

  • Connect with a dynamic community of data experts from government, academia, nonprofits, and industry

  • Amplify the reach and impact of co-located local events and efforts

All four Hubs have allocated budget and personnel for a one-day Summit, and are interested in additional pre- and post-summit activities that leverage the opportunity to convene the community. We may help pair interested host partners with others in the vicinity, to encourage a diverse local host team that will work alongside the Hubs as the event program committee.

Please feel free to share this form with any data enthusiasts and organizations who would benefit from co-hosting this collaborative flagship event and serving on the program committee.

Priority consideration will be given for submissions received by January 15, 2020; earlier submissions are appreciated!


Questions or comments beyond the form fields? Please feel free to contact Meredith Lee and Rene Baston, who look forward to working with you on behalf of the national network. 

We’re excited to connect with you now, in 2020, and beyond. Thank you!

What's New in Phase 2:

Co-PIs: Three new co-PIs coordinate the Hub across the Northeast: James Hendler (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Vasant Honavar (Penn State), and Andrew McCallum (University of Massachusetts at Amherst).

Translational Data Science: Over the next four years, the Northeast Hub will place an emphasis on stimulating and enabling translational data science, working with our community to develop and launch projects that benefit them. For example, we are bringing collaborators together to develop a project at the intersection of smart cities and healthcare, which will be of benefit to researchers and practitioners in both domains.  Stay tuned for more news to come.

Seed Fund: As a new service over the next four years, the Northeast Hub will maintain a seed fund supporting Data for Impact: enabling data science teams to translate their work from academia to practice, as well as providing resources for collaborator matchmaking across sectors. More to come on this new program over the coming months!

We want to hear from you! Reach out to our team at to discuss how you might get involved.


Under Phase 2, the four Hubs will work more closely together than ever before to advance projects of shared interest at the national scale.

We're excited to launch as a central source for information about all four Hubs and news of national importance. Look for more updates to come!

NSF announces funding for three new Spoke Projects in the Northeast:


The National Science foundation announced funding for three new Spoke Projects earlier this fall, which seek to harness big data in the fields of chemistry, social science, and ecology. We are excited to be collaborating with these teams! 

Data Science Foundry: A Collaborative Platform for Computational Social Science

Advancing a Data-Driven Discovery and Rational Design Paradigm in Chemistry

  • PI: Johannes Hachmann (SUNY at Buffalo)
  • Co-PIs: Alan Aspuru-Guzik (Harvard), Marcus Hanwell (Kitware), Geoffrey Hutchison (University of Pittsburgh)

Building the Community to Address Data Integration of the Ecological Long Tail

Upcoming Events

U.S. GO FAIR "Train the Trainer" Workshop

Feb 25-27
Atlanta, GA

For more information and to register, click here:

In collaboration with the South Big Data Hub, the U.S. GO FAIR Coordination Office will hold a two-and-a-half day workshop at GA Tech to build a network of expert trainers on the application of FAIR principles. Open to participants from academia, government, industry, and nonprofits, the workshop is designed to foster the exchange of knowledge and experience in the use of semantic tools and best pedagogical practices around data. For questions, please email Gabrielle Feliciano.


*denotes opportunities not organized by the Big Data Hubs or Spokes
Trusted CI NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence Fellowship*
Application Deadline: January 17, 2020

WIDS Datathon*
Registration open now; datathon open January-February 24, 2020

As ever, if there is news you would like to share, please reach out! We look forward to resuming our regular newsletter schedule over the coming months to share exciting new updates, activities, and ways to get involved as we embark upon Phase 2 of the Hub. Join us!
To suggest items for an upcoming newsletter, please email We welcome Big Data news, events and opportunities from across the Northeast and beyond!

The Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub builds partnerships to address societal and scientific challenges and foster a national big data ecosystem.
Help build our community by forwarding Hub news widely, and encourage your colleagues to sign up for updates from the Northeast Hub via this web form.

Thanks!  Katie Naum, Operations Manager
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