The Guizhou Berkeley Big Data Innovation Research Center (GBIC) has been established as a premier, global hub for conducting data analytic research to improve the health and well-being of China’s population. Based in Guizhou Province, China, the purpose of GBIC is to address societal issues on a regional level and to further advance solutions that will benefit China and beyond. Under the direction of the School of Social Welfare UC Berkeley, in partnership with the University of California Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), GBIC will conduct advanced data analytics to address solutions for the 21st Century, focusing on cutting-edge research methods that lead to rapid translation into social welfare policy and practice.
The Center is a collaboration of University of California and top Chinese government and academic institutions. GBIC’s efforts in 2019 focus on conducting an assessment of regional data resources, developing a research infrastructure, and conducting two pilot studies to improve the well-being of vulnerable older adults and school-age children, respectively. The long-term research agenda of GBIC will focus on development of actionable programmatic and policy recommendations for consideration by government agencies to address areas identified by the research teams that can improve quality of life and care of vulnerable populations.