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Dat-in-the-Lab: Announcing UC3 research collaboration

We are excited to announce that the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded a research grant to the California Digital Library and Code for Science & Society (CSS) for the Dat-in-the-Lab project to develop practical new techniques for effective data management in the academic research environment.

Dat-in-the-Lab

The project will pilot the use of CSS’s Dat system to streamline data preservation, publication, sharing, and reuse in two UC research laboratories: the Evolution: Ecology, Environment lab at UC Merced, focused on basic ecological and evolutionary research under the direction of Michael Dawson; and the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis, dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of water challenges.  UC researchers are increasingly faced with demands for proactive and sustainable management of their research data with respect to funder mandates, publication requirements, institutional policies, and evolving norms of scholarly best practice.  With the support of the UC Davis and UC Merced Libraries, the project team will conduct a series of site visits to the two UC labs in order to create, deploy, evaluate, and refactor Dat-based data management solutions built for real-world data collection and management contexts, along with outreach and training materials that can be repurposed for wider UC or non-UC use.  

What is Dat?

The Dat system enables effective research data management (RDM) through continuous data versioning, efficient distribution and synchronization, and verified replication.  Dat lets researchers continue to work with the familiar paradigm of file folders and directories yet still have access to rich, robust, and cryptographically-secure peer-to-peer networking functions.   You can think of Dat as doing for data what Git has done for distributed source code control.  Details of how the system works are explained in the Dat whitepaper.

Project partners

Dat-in-the-Lab is the latest expression of CDL’s longstanding interest in supporting RDM at the University of California, and is complementary to other initiatives such as the DMPTool for data management planning, the Dash data publication service, and active collaboration with local campus-based RDM efforts.  CSS is a non-profit organization committed to improving access to research data for the public good, and works at the intersection of technology with science, journalism, and government to promote openness, transparency, and collaboration.  Dat-in-the-Lab activities will be coordinated by Max Ogden, CSS founder and director; Danielle Robinson, CSS scientific and partnerships director; and Stephen Abrams, associate director of the CDL’s UC Curation Center (UC3).

Learn more

Stay tuned for monthly updates on the project. You can bookmark Dat-in-the-Lab on GitHub for access to code, curricula, and other project outputs.  Also follow along as the project evolves on our roadmapchat with the project team, and keep up to date through the project Twitter feed.  For more information about UC3, contact us at uc3@ucop.edu and follow us on Twitter.

Library Carpentry Sprint at UC Berkeley

The UC Berkeley Library is participating in the worldwide Library Carpentry Sprint happening on June 1st and 2nd, which is a part of the larger Mozilla Global Sprint 2017. Library Carpentry is a part of the Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry family, and it strives to bring the fundamentals of computing, as well as a … Continue reading →

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Great talks and fun at csv,conf,v3 and Carpentry Training

Day1 @CSVConference! This is the coolest conf I ever been to #csvconf pic.twitter.com/ao3poXMn81 — Yasmina Anwar (@yasmina_anwar) May 2, 2017 On May 2 – 5 2017, I (Yasmin AlNoamany) was thrilled to attend the csv,conf,v3 2017 conference and the Software/Data Carpentry instructor training in Portland, Oregon, USA. It was a unique experience to attend and speak with many … Continue reading →

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AIS Teaching Resource Fair

Faculty, Graduate Students, and Researchers!

Looking for ideas on how to refresh your teaching or improve your research? Wondering what campus resources are available and how to connect to them? Come to the first-ever AIS-palooza to find inspiration, learn new things, and get your questions answered.

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Academic Innovation Studio (Dwinelle 117, D Level)

This drop-in event will feature demonstrations and mini-sessions on a wide variety of topics, led by resource providers from all over campus, including librarians who will address:

  • Help your students improve their research skills
  • How to make your course materials affordable
  • How to promote your own research
  • Wikipedia as an educational tool

Other topics include:

  • Assessment in bCourses
  • Making Course Content Accessible for Students with Disabilities
  • Securing Your Research Data
  • Data Science Pedagogy
  • Resources for Creating a Website
  • Videoconferencing Tools: Options and Possibilities

And much more!

Come to a few sessions or stay for the whole event. Refreshments and finger foods will be provided.

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The History of Higher Education in California: A Big Data Approach

Thursday, April 6 10am -11:30am 180 Doe Library Zach Bleemer discusses how he used data science — thousands of computer-processed versions of annual registers, directories, and catalogs —  to reconstruct a near-complete database of all students, faculty, and courses at four-year universities in California in the first half of the 20th century, including the UC … Continue reading →

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Berkeley commits to accelerating universal open access, signs the OA2020 Expression of Interest

The University Library at UC Berkeley took a major step today in its commitment to achieving universal open access for scholarly journal literature by signing the OA2020 Expression of Interest, in collaboration with UC Davis and UC San Francisco. OA2020 is an international movement, led by the Max Planck Digital Library in Munich, to convert … Continue reading →

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