On the Same Page is pulling in every incoming Berkeley undergrad to read this book about the dawn of the computer age. Before they roll it out this summer, they're looking for creative ideas from graduate students (and others!) to engage every incoming student.
Upwards of 60 [correction: 70] attendees at this morning's Supporting Data Science workshop, organized by VC Research. Pretty amazing for something organized in 3 days and held at 8 a.m. on a Saturday. More amazing: it actually worked. The program is here.
There'll be a workshop this Saturday, Feb. 23, 8:00 (eek) - 11:00 am on how Berkeley can create new institutional ecologies for "data science." This is a fast attempt to develop on-the-ground knowledge of what works, doesn't work, and could work for "data science" here. It's to support a proposal to two foundations that Berkeley hopes to put in the very short term.
We talk about launching D-Lab. That's how it feels -- lifting a massive payload into orbit. There have been months of planning and training, and now the boosters are firing. Even a historian of Cold War science and technology can't be ironic about how incredible it is to see the thing slowly lift off the ground.
Our doors open on Tuesday, February 19. We haven't planned any opening festivities. We've put all our effort into getting ready to launch. We'll have a formal celebration later, to mark our opening and to thank everyone whose work was necessary to get us to this point.
Today was the first meeting of Dan Cohen's seminar on The Digital Humanities and Social Science Computing. Over the next three weeks, Professor Cohen will lead a group of twenty scholars, researchers, librarians, and graduate students from all over campus, addressing both the theoretical implications and practical applications of digital research methods, data analysis, and scholarship.
Happy New Year from D-Lab! The latest construction photos show that some color has been put on the walls. Blue and green start to define the “collaboratium" space as well as the class room where most of the classes will take place. The ceiling has also been dropped and doors have been added. We are getting close to the the placement of the millwork. Stay tuned for new developments!