Projects

UC Berkeley is a major partner in the development of CollectionSpace, an open source collections management application that meets the needs of museums, historical societies, and other collection-holding organizations.

CollectionSpace began as a collaborative project supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In 2013, CollectionSpace leadership partnered with LYRASIS to create an organizational home for the CollectionSpace platform.

The Consulting Summits are convened twice annually, in April and October, to bring together staff and librarians anywhere on campus who provide consulting around teaching and research, particularly as it overlaps with the use of technology.

Read more about the history and current directions of the Consulting Summits.

Research IT staff are involved in managing the DiRT (Digital Research Tools) directory, a longstanding, well-regarded source of information about tools available to support scholarship in the humanities. Originally developed as a wiki, DiRT was completely rebuilt in 2011, allowing each tool to have a unique "profile" page. The new structure enables browsing, sorting and searching the entire directory using granularly-stored information including tool category, cost, license, and developer.  

Sponsored by UC Berkeley Research Information Technologies and Academic Engagement/ETS, RAE Portfolio Planning in its initial phase was a four-month project (July - November 2013) to review our entire portfolio of existing and planned technology services. This work was undertaken in support of our goal to ensure the highest quality services to support research and teaching. We assigned teams of researchers to examine twenty three service areas (see list below) and work with campus stakeholders to draft findings and initial recommendations.

Consultation with campus leaders and stakeholders is ongoing in the RIT Futures project, described on this site.

Reviews of the kind conducted in 2013 will recur on a periodic basis as we continuously evaluate technology services and opportunities to improve.

One of Research IT’s primary responsibilities is to help campus leaders to develop strategic plans to improve research IT support over the next three to five years. We want to ensure that UC Berkeley has the best possible research IT services given the reality of campus financial constraints.

Completed Projects

In fall 2007, a group of graduate students in the UC Berkeley School of Information (I School) were looking for a museum partner for their Master's final project. They wanted to apply Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques to the cultural heritage sector. The students brought technical expertise in NLP, information architecture, database design, and web technologies, balanced with expertise in user-centered design, needs assessment, and information visualization.


The Interactive University Project was initiated in 1996 to use the Internet to open UC Berkeley's unique resources and people to California’s K-12 schools and citizens. IU's goal was to use technology to democratize the content and community of the campus.  The Interactive University web site and content were retired in 2015, and its content archived by Research IT.  Please contact research-it@berkeley.edu if you have questions about the Interactive University Project.

IU's mission, goals, and highlights are quoted below.

The Museum Informatics Project (MIP) was a collaborative effort at the University of California, Berkeley to coordinate the application of information technology in museums and other organized, non-book collections. MIP staff worked with faculty, collections managers, and curators to develop data models, system architectures, and demonstration and production systems as bases for coordinated and integrated approaches to the application of information technology in museums and archives.