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Construction Update December 3rd 2012

Posted: Dec, 03, 2012

By: Hector Fernando...

By Hector Fernando Burga

The partitions are going up! Check out the photo album above to see how D-Lab is fast becoming a reality.

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The Construction Continues!

Posted: Nov, 27, 2012

By: Hector Fernando...

By Hector Fernando Burga Staff, students and faculty at the third floor at Barrows have been witnessing much activity on the North side of the building. Construction workers have been diligently taking apart wall partitions and placing new metal channels to provide the skeleton for what will soon be D-lab’s Collaboratorium space. The schedule is being fulfilled and slowly the space is being transformed through the efforts of a team which includes architects, D-Lab staff, and students.

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Free, Open, Online Learning

Posted: Nov, 27, 2012

By: Hector Fernando...

By Leo Bialis-White Classes and formal learning used to be confined to brick and mortar institutions. In the past decade, many courses have moved online, yet courses were still controlled by admissions boards and the ability to pay tuition. However, that too is changing. Increasingly, there are multiple outlets for free, online learning. That is, there are now online courses that are taught by professors at top universities and are open to anyone with internet access! The most prominent providers are Coursera, Udacity, OpenCulture, and EdX.

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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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