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D-Lab Has a New Director

Posted: Jan, 14, 2014

By: Cathryn CARSON

Announced today!

Colleagues: 

After an intensive search, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Justin McCrary as the founding Director of D-Lab, the Social Sciences Data Laboratory. Professor McCrary is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Law and Economics Program. He brings to the position of founding D-Lab Director an unmatched combination of start-up energy, technical skills, and broad vision.

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D-Lab is hiring - position #3 - Applications Programmer

Posted: Jan, 08, 2014

By: Cathryn CARSON

D-Lab is expanding its staff. We're searching for 1 or more people to develop software tools, environments, and training in support of research computing in data-intensive social science.

"Applications Programmer" is what campus HR calls this person, but familiarity with social science uses of data is required.

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Reflexive Data Science: An Overview

Posted: Dec, 04, 2013

By: Sebastian P Benthall

The public statements of the Berkeley Institute of Data Science (BIDS), as part of the larger Moore and Sloan Foundation’s “bold new partnership...to harness the potential of data science and big data” articulate a vision for academic data science.  According to that vision, BIDS is itself an experiment in designing a data science environment at a university.  In this series of blog posts, I will outline reflexive data science, a research program that:

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D-Lab is hiring - position #2

Posted: Nov, 30, 2013

By: Cathryn CARSON

D-Lab is expanding its staff in Analytic Support - Methodology and Tools. We're searching for an Academic Coordinator I to lead the team that supports D-Lab's users in acquiring competencies in research design, methodology, and analytic approaches and software. This is a one-year position.  We're accepting applications via https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00325.

The position is open until filled. Initial Review Date is 12/20/13.

Responsibilities:

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D-Lab Is Hiring Grad Staff

Posted: Nov, 18, 2013

By: Cathryn CARSON

Are you inspired to work in D-Lab? We're looking for grad students to join us in Spring 2014.

We're looking for GSRs or Student Assistants to join our three active teams. We have an open, inclusive culture that values diversity and open exchange. We'll let you develop leadership in a particular area while working collaboratively with other students and staff.

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Building Data Science

Posted: Nov, 12, 2013

By: Cathryn CARSON

Today something comes out of the shadows and into the light.

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A Quick and Easy Way to Turn Your Stata Knowledge into R Knowledge

Posted: Nov, 11, 2013

By: Dr. Laura K. Ne...

The first statistical package I learned how to use was Stata, simply because the classes I was taking were taught using Stata. Stata has served me well over the years, but I'm now slowly making the transition to using the open source language and software environment R. People use R for a variety of reasons, but for me it's a practical choice.

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CEOs and Automated Text Analysis

Posted: Oct, 21, 2013

By: Dr. Laura K. Ne...

The recent explosion in availability of digitized text, whether it's text produced in real time by Internet users on cites such as Twitter, Facebook, or on blogs, or the ongoing push by companies like Google to digitize published texts, has prompted an interest in new methods to analyze text-as-data. D-Lab is interested in learning, exploring, and providing training in these newly developing methods.

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View from the Frontdesk

Posted: Oct, 13, 2013

By: Rochelle

Editor's Note: Since the beginning of the semester, the D-Lab has benefited from the addition for four remarkable undergraduate students who joined our ranks as frontdesk staff. In this edition of the D-Lab blog, we hear from two frontdesk colleagues as they share short tidbits of memorable -- and at times disarming -- experiences from the frontdesk.

Hayley Laity: Diving Head-First into the Culture of D-Lab

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Digital Humanities Summer Institute 2014 - Tuition discounts

Posted: Oct, 13, 2013

By: Cathryn CARSON

From the (new!) Berkeley Digital Humanities Council:

Looking for opportunities to develop hands-on skills with digital humanities tools and methodologies? Consider registering for the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI; June 2-6, 2014 in Victoria, BC, Canada), which offers week-long courses on topics including:

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