Midwest Big Data Hub: Accelerating the Big Data Innovation Ecosystem
ABSTRACT: The Big Data (BD) Regional Innovation Hubs were launched in 2015 by the National Science Foundation as part of its investment in the federal Big Data Research and Development Initiative. The BD Innovation Hubs and related investments are intended to accelerate and strengthen the data ecosystem, and it is the mission of the Midwest Big Data Hub (MBDH) to develop effective cross-sector networks ready to utilize data science and the data ecosystem to solve problems of regional and societal interest. The MBDH is a growing organization of public and private partners investing in data, tools, and infrastructure to improve access and use of shared and public data for scientific discovery and improved data-to-decision systems. Based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, the MBDH is a collaboration with Indiana University, Iowa State University, the University of Michigan, and the University of North Dakota, that supports training, education and workforce development, and facilitates access to data infrastructure, tools and services for constituents across the region. The 12 states served by the MBDH are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Thematic areas of interest and funding include Digital Agriculture, Food-Energy-Water, Transportation and Metropolitan Science, Health and Biomedical Sciences, Network Sciences, Business Analytics, Advanced Manufacturing, and Materials Sciences. This talk will highlight current projects and evolving activities across our developing Industry-Government-Academic data partnerships.
BIO: Melissa Cragin (PhD '09) is serving as the executive director of Midwest Big Data Hub (MBDH). MBDH is a network of regional institutions created to facilitate collection, management, and use of complex information, creating active partnerships of experts and resources to address issues relevant to life in the Midwest. MBDH is based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where Cragin will work closely with colleagues at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
Previously, Cragin was a staff associate at the National Science Foundation and research assistant professor at the iSchool from 2009 until 2011, when she received a Science & Technology Policy Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition to her PhD from the iSchool, Cragin earned a MLIS from Rutgers University and M.Ed. from Rhode Island College.