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BD HUBS 2019 (consent)

Introduction and Consent


The purpose of this survey is to generate a map of the stakeholders and interests associated with the National Science Foundation’s Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs Initiative.
NSF's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) initiated the National Network of Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs) program in FY 2015 (NSF 15-562). Four Big Data Hubs (BD Hubs)—Midwest, Northeast, South, and West—were established, one in each of the four Census Regions of the United States. The BD Hubs provide the ability to engage local or regional stakeholders, e.g., city, county, and state governments, local industry and non-profits, and regional academic institutions, in big data research, with a focus on regional partnerships. The hubs’ collaborative activities play a critical role in fostering economic development and innovation ecosystems.
The NSF BD Hubs program is aligned with NSF’s Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea, one of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas for Future Investment. HDR is a visionary, national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery, allowing fundamentally new questions to be asked and answered in science and engineering frontiers, generating new knowledge and understanding, and accelerating discovery and innovation.
Thank you in advance for your contributions to this stakeholder alignment survey which will help us to better meet your community needs.   Results from the survey will be shared with all who respond and at meetings of the BD Hubs program.

Informed and Voluntary Consent:

Your participation is voluntary:    We welcome your taking this survey, which is voluntary.  You may refuse to take part and you may choose to stop at any time. 

Your responses will be confidential:  The responses to this survey will be kept completely confidential. No individual responses will be identified.  Although your name and e-mail address are requested below to indicate your voluntary consent, this information will be stored separately from your survey responses in order to maintain confidentiality.

Estimated time to complete:  It is estimated that this survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

Benefits of the research:  The benefits of taking the survey are that the data can contribute to continuous improvement, based on increased awareness of the views of different stakeholders.  Feedback on the results will be provided to all who participate in the survey.

Risks of participating:  This survey-based research poses minimal or no risk to participants – no greater risk than is associated with everyday work and leisure activities.

Additional uses of the data: It is possible that the data will be used in scholarly research. Any additional research involving the data will also maintain confidentiality.

Questions: If you have questions, concerns, or complaints at any time about this research study, please feel free to contact the Principal Investigator who is leading the research for the Labor-Management Partnership: Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, PhD, at Brandeis 781.736.3998 or Because Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld is on the faculty at Brandeis University, this research is subject to the Brandies Human Research Protection Program and you may also contact them by phone at (781) 736-8133 or via email at

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  3. Individual responses will be kept confidential.
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