National Science Foundation (NSF) Big Data Project

  • Contact Name: Phyllis Owens, vice president, business development and strategic partnerships
  • Partners: City of Los Angeles, Cal State LA, National Science Foundation
  • Capacities: Connections to and understanding of the Los Angeles nonprofit sector; grants management; management of multi-partner initiatives; program design and evaluation; workshop and training facilitation, government relations

This exciting new partnership with California State University, Los Angeles, and the City of Los Angeles’ Data Team is creating an unprecedented opportunity for Community Partners projects and other nonprofit organizations to increase their understanding of and access to data as a powerful tool to strengthen their organizations and their ability to serve their communities. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) with a grant of just under $1M, the Big Data Project will increase data capacity, inform decision making and promote citizen engagement among underserved and marginalized populations through a series of workshops, coursework with service learning opportunities that match teams of students with nonprofit organizations, paid student internships, and hands-on training in data visualization. All of the work will tap into the City of Los Angeles’ open-data portal, GeoHub, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping software.

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