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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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Organization: Working with Colors, Data and Arrows

Posted: Oct, 18, 2012

By: Hector Fernando...

By Hector Fernando Burga One of the first challenges that we had as a group was simple: getting organized. This board shows how a number of categories were envisioned at the beginning of our formative process and how we proceeded to self-select among them. Each graduate student researcher placed postid notes on the categories of their choosing. From this colorful arrangement we proceeded to develop a collaborative framework based on the following functioning teams: Space, Research and Development, Services, Infrastructure, Coordination and Communications.

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The Beginning: Words on Paper

Posted: Oct, 18, 2012

By: Hector Fernando...

By Hector Fernando Burga The process of brainstorming ideas in a collaborative manner has been a central feature of the formation of D-Lab. This images belongs to one of our first sessions when D-Lab Supervisors and GSR’s came together to make a list of the services, workshops and consultations that would define our scope. Over time we have been able to fine tune our process by accomplishing organizational tasks, achieving clear role identification and working in subgroups.

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