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Graduate Students Need and Want D-Lab

Posted: Nov, 17, 2012

By: Hector Fernando...

By Claudia Von Vacano A close colleague of mine from the School of Education recently said to me, “Let me buy you a drink soon so that you can tell me all about your work at D-Lab. I find myself spending hours figuring out how to get access to qualitative and quantitative software and it’s so expensive. I am also looking for support in terms of how to use various software like ArcGIS and social network stuff. I can’t wait to be part of D-Lab.” This quote is very interesting to me for several reasons.

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Envisioning D-Lab’s Infrastructure Needs

Posted: Nov, 13, 2012

By: Hector Fernando...

By Mario C. Delgado Developing the infrastructure needs for a new workspace from scratch can be a daunting task. Particularly, if those needs have to address the collaborative nature and inter-disciplinary work of D-Lab. Our technology infrastructure team is currently collaborating with the space planning team to develop a list of public infrastructure needs that will define the space that is under construction.

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Demolition Makes Way for D-Lab

Posted: Nov, 13, 2012

By: Hector Fernando...

By Savet Hong Over the past couple of months, we have been coordinating the design and re-envisioning of our “Collaboratorium”, a unique public area in D-Lab which will be dedicated to student consultations, workshops and one-to-one instruction. With the help of architects, project managers and consultants, we have reached the point of demolition. Finally the walls have started to tumble down, and soon our vision will soon start to become a reality according to new plans, proposals and the introduction of new infrastructure.

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Collecting Data About Data

Posted: Nov, 09, 2012

By: Hector Fernando...

By Melinda Fricke One of the most exciting parts about working for D-Lab is that in many ways, it’s an organization for researchers, by researchers. Many of us on the D-Lab start-up team are graduate students in the social sciences, and we’re working to improve access to data-related resources on campus for all social science graduate students. As researchers ourselves, we can put together a wish list of what resources we’d like to have access to. And as D-Lab team members, we can find a way to implement changes to help all social science researchers here at Berkeley.

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Bits of Data

Posted: Nov, 06, 2012

By: Hector Fernando...

By Jon Stiles Tuesday was a big day. The close of the polling stations mark the end to voters’ participation in a broad array of political contests, most notably the closely watched Presidential race. However, today is only the beginning for the post-mortem analyses of the elections by academics, who will scrutinize actual turnouts and preferences and trace the results back through the snapshots of pre-election polling results, campaign finance, and local demographics.

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D-Lab as a Start-Up

Posted: Nov, 04, 2012

By: Hector Fernando...

By Cathryn Carson How do you build an organization that will change as fast as the field itself does? It was a year ago that the D-Lab design team started its work. Already the technology solutions on our radar screen are being revised. What Berkeley researchers are doing with data – what methods they want to learn, what datasets they’re drawing on – is constantly up for grabs. We think of D-Lab as a start-up. When we say that to ourselves, we own the fact that we’re getting off the ground. But we mean more than that.

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And finally, We have take off, All systems clear!

Posted: Nov, 03, 2012

By: Hector Fernando...

By Sonali Sharma We planned, we progressed and we implemented. Last week D-lab's website went live. This launch gives one a feeling of great anticipation, anxiety but also accomplishment. Developing a plan, organizing a checklist, enabling last minute changes, testing, confronting technical details, and finally pulling the trigger can be a momentous event. We are all very excited to showcase our effort to the world. After a series of brainstorming design sessions and iterations, it is absolutely wonderful to see the fruits of our labor manifested on a beautiful website.

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Meeting Students’ Needs for Services

Posted: Nov, 01, 2012

By: Hector Fernando...

By Leo Bialis-White Are you a current or recent social science graduate student? We need your input! We want D-Lab to be a hub for social science researchers—a place to learn, collaborate, build, and explore. We envision a place where grad students can get help at any stage in the research process. To make this happen, we’re building an array of services and content for Spring 2013 and beyond. We need to know what tools, courses, talks, and software will move your research forward. We’re looking for input from all social science grad students and recent grads.

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Designing the D-Lab Logo

Posted: Oct, 28, 2012

By: Hector Fernando...

By Hector Fernando Burga The D-Lab Logo was designed through a collaborative process which involved several team members. We first came up with a series of options which presented more literal and formal solutions, but eventually decided to pursue an option that would symbolize a nimble process, flexibility and the networked quality of Data management, production and visualization. The Logo aims to represent the new way seek to work with Data, as well as the manner in which we aim to make Data accessible to users.

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The D-Lab Meet-athon

Posted: Oct, 18, 2012

By: Hector Fernando...

By Hector Fernando Burga Typical D-Lab meetings happen on Wednesdays: The official day for the D-Lab meet-athon. During our first weeks, we quickly came up with a system that formalized our meetings process: Setting up an agenda, designating a note-taker and facilitator and keeping to schedule. It may sound simple but this took a bit of time to formalize because we had to inhabit the practice and learn by doing. The notion of coming up with formal practices that emphasize determined outcomes as well as flexible adaptation has been a hallmark of our work.

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