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Improving campus services for working with sensitive data

Strands of DNA

Increasingly, researchers in a wide range of fields at UC Berkeley are applying novel data science approaches to very large sensitive and restricted data sets. Working closely with Berkeley Research Computing (BRC), the Research Data Management (RDM) Program has been helping dozens of faculty, students, and postdocs working with sensitive data by providing consulting expertise in a number of disciplines, including the biological sciences, public health, social welfare, demography, computer science, and more. The combined approach of providing data management and computation support helps researchers integrate data management and curation best practices into their larger research workflows while protecting their data. 

Getting the sources you need for your text mining project

Text mining sources flowchart

You have a great research question that you want to answer with text data mining (TDM) methods, and you've got some Python under your belt or you've decided to see what you can learn from a browser-based tool like Voyant. You're ready to get started on a computational text analysis project. But wait!

Where do you get the texts?

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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

Berkeley Research Computing (BRC) logo

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.

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