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Retiring the Museum Informatics and Interactive University projects

Though Research IT is heavily focused on the design and delivery of new services to support current research on the Berkeley campus, Research IT team members worked hard in 2014-15 to retire a number of systems and projects that once defined the cutting edge of information technology in scholarship. While the retirement of the Research Hub is perhaps the most well known effort, here we describe the effort required to retire two major projects other than Research Hub, and reflect on the lessons learned from them.

The Museum Informatics Project

DH at Berkeley Awards Grants for Collaborative Research and New Courses

Digital Humanities at Berkeley, a partnership between the Division of Arts & Humanities and Research IT, is pleased to announce grant awards for collaborative research projects and new courses.  Projects range from d3 visualizations of archaeological diagrams to gesture-based music improvisation tools. Courses will challenge students to engage critically with the digital resources that surround them, such as Near Eastern studies databases and digital representations of liberation movements of the 1950s-70s.

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Researchers and staff tackle cloud computing challenges in new D-Lab working group

cloud computing icon, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cloud_computing_icon.svg)

The D-Lab has announced the formation of a new Cloud Computing Working Group starting in Fall 2015, in collaboration with the Berkeley Research Computing (BRC) program, to bring researchers and staff together to tackle the challenges of computing in the cloud. The bi-weekly sessions will be hosted in the D-Lab’s collaborative learning space

Welcoming Jamie Wittenberg

Jamie Wittenberg

Research IT and the Library welcome Jamie Wittenberg to UC Berkeley and to their joint Research Data Management program team. Jamie recently completed her Master of Science in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As the  Service Design Analyst in the RDM program, Jamie will play a pivotal role in all aspects of the campus-wide initiative whose goal is to design, develop and deliver a comprehensive suite of services that help researchers manage, protect and share their data.  

Farewell and thanks to Glen Jackson

Glen Jackson shuts down the last server he administered for the Museum Informatics Project.

At the end of June, Research IT said farewell and best of luck to Glen Jackson, our colleague who retired after more than 20 years of service to UC Berkeley. Glen was the last remaining original team member of the Museum Informatics Project, an initiative that set out in the early 1990's to develop a world-class facility and team to support museum informatics solutions for the UC Berkeley campus and beyond.

Savio cluster storage quadrupled to support Big Data research

The campus’ Savio computing cluster received a major storage upgrade on June 12, 2015, when its Global Scratch file system was quadrupled in size, to a massive 885 terabytes (TB) of storage. The upgraded storage is also 250% faster, providing a peak bandwidth of over 20 GB per second, to better meet the demands of data intensive computations.

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Two student employees join CollectionSpace for the summer

CollectionSpace summer interns Regina Xu and RJ Li, with mentor and Service Manager John Lowe

Please welcome RJ (Ruijing) Li and Regina Xu, UC Berkeley students who have joined the UCB CollectionSpace team for the summer. Regina and RJ are undergraduates majoring in Computer Science. They have completed the initial CS61 rite of passage, and bring some experience with Python, Java, Javascript, and other programming tools used to support CollectionSpace.

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