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Introducing Research IT’s New Documentation Website

Research IT is excited to introduce our new documentation website! Our expert consultants from various backgrounds have collaborated to provide helpful and accessible documentation on Research IT services for our diverse user base. Individuals who are interested in our services or are actively using them in their research can now find quick answers to their questions on how these leading resources work and how to optimally access them. Documentation is currently available on Research IT services like High Performance Computing (Savio), with information on Secure Research Data & Compute (SRDC), Research Data Management, Analytics Environments on Demand (AEoD), and Cloud Computing Support in progress.

 

Open OnDemand is now available!

We are pleased to announce the release and support of Open OnDemand on the Savio supercluster. OnDemand provides a web-based approach for easy access to our HPC infrastructure. With OnDemand, you can upload and download files, create, edit, submit, and monitor jobs and connect via SSH, all via a web browser. In addition, we have deployed interactive GUI applications, such as Jupyter notebook, RStudio, MatLab, within the OnDemand platform.

 

Meet Heather Amato, Research IT Domain Consultant!

We are delighted that Heather Amato joined our Research IT consulting team in April 2020!

Prior to joining us at UC Berkeley, Heather achieved a Masters in Public Health at Emory University. However, her career in data developed through a data analyst position at Tracking California where she worked on environmental justice projects throughout the state. While honing her skills in data management and analysis through a PhD program at UC Berkeley, she found the opportunity to further explore her interest in data and computing by connecting with team members at Research IT. Amidst her rigorous program and exciting work with us, Heather enjoys connecting with her Italian-American roots through frequent pasta meals and looks forward to playing soccer with her team in the Bay area again!

Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference - March 2021

This year, when faced with the challenge of social distancing, Women in Data Science (WiDS) has built upon their traditional conference and announced an inaugural 24-hour global event on March 8th, International Women’s Day. WiDS, “aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field.” This worldwide event features women researchers from around the world who will present their work, share the latest data science skills, and discuss their journeys towards becoming the scholars they are today.

Matrix silhouette of a woman's face placed on the left of the text, "Women in Data Science Berkeley."

At a local level, a diverse and dynamic UC Berkeley planning committee has found ways to use technology to their advantage to create a free, virtual, Berkeley-focused WiDS event. Whether you're a seasoned professional in this field or a curious undergraduate who wants to see what data science at Berkeley is about, we encourage everyone to attend! The WiDS Berkeley conference is open to all genders and gender expressions.

Ransomware attacks target UC Berkeley researchers

As seen during the UCSF incident, attackers are targeting both systems and individuals using tactics like spear phishing and exploitation of Remote Desktop Protocols. If you are running outdated or unpatched operating systems, the risk to your systems and data is especially critical. (e.g., Windows XP, Windows 7, macOS 10.12 and below). Here are some ways to protect your data.

Introducing the Secure Research Data and Compute (SRDC) Platform

Research IT and our partners are pleased to introduce the Secure Research Data and Compute (SRDC) Platform, a new campus service designed for researchers working with highly sensitive data. A secure virtual machine (VM) environment is available now, and additional capabilities including a secure High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster and secure storage will be available in the coming months. The SRDC Platform provides a baseline amount of capacity at no cost to campus researchers thanks to strategic support from campus leadership.

Holistic Research Support at UC Berkeley: a Library and Research IT collaboration

Libraries have historically served as a hub for access to technology by providing publicly available computers with access to the Internet and workshops on technology topics. Academic libraries Research IT commonly house their own internal information technology (IT) team to serve unique needs in acquisition, resource management, access, discovery, and preservation of research materials. However, these internal teams are not designed to address the technical needs of researchers, like developing data management plans and advising on storage. As a result, there is often a separation between services available through the library and services provided by central and research IT organizations. As research from across disciplines is becoming more data and computationally intense, these two campus communities have an opportunity to collaborate on comprehensive research services for students and researchers.

UC Berkeley Cloud Computing Meetup Now Virtual

UC Berkeley research labs have been at the forefront of the design and planning for much of today's cloud computing industry. There are many more examples across campus of teams using, running, and facilitating access to cloud based systems including those that support the teaching of data science using platforms like Jupyterhub (also developed at UC Berkeley).

Research IT and Partners Host Women in Data Science Berkeley Conference

The Women in Data Science (WiDS) Berkeley Conference took place on March 2, 2020, and was sponsored by Research IT, the Berkeley iSchool, CITRIS & the Banatao Institute, and the Division of Data Science, Computing, and Society. WiDS Berkeley is a satellite event associated with the Women in Data Science conference at Stanford. This was the third year that UC Berkeley hosted a WiDS event and it featured a mixture of live Berkeley events - including a keynote, tech talks, a panel, lunch, and reception - and streaming content from the Stanford conference. 

 

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