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Farewell and thank you to Quinn Dombrowski

Quinn Dombrowski and two of her children. Photo courtesy of Quinn Dombrowski, CC BY-SA 2.0

I first met Quinn Dombrowski at the University of Chicago in May 2008, at the second workshop of Project Bamboo, a cyberinfrastructure initiative aimed at supporting the digital humanities. By the end of that three-day workshop it had become clear that she was the get-stuff-done colleague I was looking for as a partner in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded initiative that our respective institutions were co-leading. When Research IT managed to lure Quinn from UChicago to UC Berkeley, her hire felt a little like the capstone of my then twenty years on Cal's staff.

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"DARIAH Beyond Europe" workshop

Cowboys and Consortia talk at DARIAH Beyond Europe

UC Berkeley librarians and IT staff joined colleagues from around the world for the first DARIAH Beyond Europe workshop on September 13th at Stanford University. DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) is a humanities-oriented European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), supported by technical and staff contributions from a wide range of countries within and adjacent to Europe.

BRC is recruiting again: Research Computing Support internships and Domain Consultant position

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It’s the start of Fall semester, and the Berkeley Research Computing (BRC) Program is once again recruiting for undergraduate and graduate student positions! These positions have proven to be a great way for students to contribute to the research mission of the campus, and to learn a good deal along the way.

How the Materials Project connects computational and experimental materials science

The Materials Explorer app interface in the online Materials Project database. (Credit: Materials Project)

To invent the first commercially viable electric light bulb, Thomas Edison and his assistants tested thousands of materials to use for the filament until they found one that lasted long enough. This traditional “Edisonian” trial-and-error process of materials discovery is still fundamentally how we design materials almost 150 years later. However, through a method called “materials by design,” researchers can now avoid many of the expensive dead ends that slowed Edison down.

Holistic approaches to Institutional Repositories at Open Repositories 2018

Open Repositories 2018

Open Repositories, an annual international conference that brings together users, developers, and librarians to discuss open digital repository platforms for institutional data and scholarship, was held in Bozeman, Montana from June 4 - 8. Anna Sackmann, a librarian and RDM consultant, attended to learn more about how other institutions are incorporating repository deposit into the researcher workflow and to present related local efforts at UC Berkeley.

Guides to making research software reproducible, citable, and well-documented

Computational research workflow diagram

Preserving and maintaining research software is a challenge to researchers and academic libraries. In my role as a CLIR postdoctoral fellow in software curation, I recently discussed the technical challenges of preserving and maintaining research software in a UC Berkeley Library Update, Research Software in Practice, posted in May.

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Jupyter notebook streamlines machine translation for researchers

Translations of the word 'passion'

The increasing prominence of interdisciplinary studies, coupled with the mass digitization and dissemination of primary sources and scholarly literature alike, has made it possible for scholars to pursue boundary-defying research agendas in ways that were previously impossible. However, language remains a significant barrier to interdisciplinary work. Particularly when pursuing research questions that stretch across space and time, scholars inevitably encounter materials in languages with which they are unfamiliar.

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