Community Data Forum

Every April, students, faculty, administrators and community partners gather at Cal State LA for the Big Data Community Forum. The forum highlights student projects, research posters and story maps from spring semester classes as part of the University’s Big Data project.

In April 2019, 28 non-profit organizations participated in the spring cohort of the project and were paired with students for their respective research projects. The winning projects included topics on gentrification in El Serano, crimes and activities in Hollywood, the South LA housing crisis, oil drilling, affordable housing, and homelessness.

Download the 2019 Big Data Community Forum program

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person 2020 Big Data Forum was canceled. Please visit the 2020 Big Data Virtual Showcase page to view student projects from the 2020 spring semester classes.

On December 4, 2020, the Cal State LA Big Data Project held its Fall 2020 Freshman Symposium which showcased big data projects from first-year students enrolled in NSS 1001. These students shared their experiences working with big data and discussed their findings from surveys that covered a range of economic, social, and political issues. 

Watch the virtual symposium here