Research & Academic Engagement (RAE) Portfolio Planning

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.

The research-related areas investigated as part of RAE were:

Research Data Management

Research data management (RDM) covers a full life cycle of activities related to research data, from planning through collaboration, sharing, curation, preservation, discovery and reuse. Also included are services such as consulting, training, and documentation. The research community is the consumer of research data management services.

Data Analysis (quantitative & qualitative)

Includes access to common software packages, including Atlas.ti and NVivo for qualitative analysis, and R, Stata, SAS, SPSS, and Matlab for quantitative analysis. Also includes staff providing consultation for training, workshops, debugging of programs, etc. More robust support provides assistance to researchers with formulating and selecting the proper methodology used to analyze their data.  

Survey Research

Survey-related activities within universities can be grouped into three general categories: survey operations, survey education and training, and survey software. Each requires different investment. To determine final rankings, we weighted the three categories: survey operations 50%, survey education and training 25%, and survey software 25%. Surveys for institutional research are out of scope for this analysis.

Data Visualization & GIS

Software, data resources, hardware, facilities, and services for data visualization and geospatial/GIS.

Linked Open Data & Semantic Web

Linked Open Data (LOD), is an emerging data federation and access phenomenon leveraging multiple standards and frameworks, including RDF in its various forms, including RDFa, RDF/XML, N3, N-Triples. LOD is often associated with the constellation of practices and tools for creating and accessing it, collectively known as the Semantic Web.

Preservation & Archival services

Broadly available services for preservation & archiving of digital publications and data. Shared Research Computing/HPCIncludes provision for research and teaching of: “traditional” HPC (highly parallelized computing), Data Science methodologies & computational resources, high-powered workstations (including VMs) to support computation at a level between a typical desktop/laptop and an HPC cluster or VM array. Secure compute, storage, data transfer, and data archiving are also in scope.

Museum Collections, Archives & Special Collections

Museum collection management systems, archival management systems, and special collections management systems. This broad and diverse area can include digital collections but excludes library (book) collections and catalogs. Includes public portals for discovery of content from these collections and tools for digital forensics, digitization, gathering collection statistics, reporting, etc.

Research Applications

Coordinated provision of software development lifecycle (SDLC) tools; development staff; application hosting; and other support for development of software applicable to research topics and questions. Coordination, consulting, recommendation of best practices in this area. Services coordinated at a campus level or for a significant sector of a campus are in-scope for this survey; services limited to particular disciplines, departments, centers, or projects are not.

Software Licensing & Distribution

Central purchases of licenses for, and/or distribution of, software to support research and teaching. Includes: coordination of campus-owned licenses; consultation on selecting and using software applicable to research and teaching problems; and, instruction, tutorials, consultation on software installation.