Diversity in Data

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Americanist Linguistics: on Ethics and Intent

October 17, 2023
by Anna Björklund. In this post, Anna Björklund investigates the origin of the linguistic study of indigenous American languages, its inextricable ties to settler-colonialism, and how linguistics can move forward as a field.

Black History Data

February 28, 2023
by Patty Frontiera, Ph.D. D-Lab is excited to announce the publication of two articles and associated datasets on the Louisiana Slave Conspiracies Project (LSC). This is a project of collaboration from many of our D-Lab staff and student researchers, under the direction of Professor Bryan Wagner as the Principal Investigator (PI). The LSC project is dedicated to preserving, digitizing, transcribing, translating, and analyzing historical manuscripts concerning two slave conspiracies organized at the Pointe Coupée Post in the Spanish territory of Louisiana in 1791 and 1795. Our research outputs include (1) complete bibliographic and demographic information as well as (2) geospatial place data that were extracted from trial records related to these two conspiracies:

D-Lab & Graduate Division create inclusive data science summer program

August 9, 2023
by Vanessa Navarro Rodriguez. UC Berkeley's Social Sciences D-Lab and Graduate Division created the Data Science for Social Justice Program to address underrepresentation in data science. The program teaches diverse students critical data analysis and its applications in addressing societal injustices. The 8-week free summer course for admitted University of California students focuses on Python programming, Natural Language Processing, and value-informed data practices. It aims to empower students from underrepresented backgrounds and to bridge STEM with social justice. This blog post elaborates on the program's creation and features one of the DSSJ students, Robin López, and his reasons for participating.

The Geography of Cannabis: Does California’s dual licensing program (de)criminalize cannabis and drive unnecessary anthropogenic activity in remote rural environments?

August 29, 2023
by Chevon Holmes. When California voters (de)criminalized cannabis production, the state’s dual licensure requirement forced local jurisdictions to create permitting programs or uphold prohibition. Many Counties developed ersatz zoning ordinances to regulate cannabis activities and hired staff to administer local permits. As an inspector, administrator, and project planner for Mendocino County from 2017-2021, I visited hundreds of cultivation sites and production facilities where I learned first-hand how two legal pathways impacted the ways in which operators could transition their businesses. This post details a dataset created to track, aggregate, and analyze the relationship between cannabis infrastructure and licensing.

Unlock the Joy and Power of Reading in Language Learning

August 21, 2023
by Bowen Wang-Kildegaard. I share my story of how reading for pleasure transformed my English speaking and writing skills. This experience inspired my passion to promote the joy and power of reading to all language learners. Using natural language processing techniques, I dive into the Language Learning subreddit, revealing a trend: Learners are often highly anxious about output practices, but are generally positive about input methods like reading and listening. I then distill complex language learning theories into actionable language learning tips, emphasizing the value of extensive reading for pleasure, pointing to potential methods like using ChatGPT for customization of reading materials, and advocating for joy in the learning journey.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Systems, the Poor, and Consent: A Feminist Anti-Colonial Lens to Digitalized Surveillance

September 18, 2023
By Alejandro Nuñez. Today’s digital age has created a sea of endless datafication where our everyday interactions, actions, and conversations are turned into data. The advancements of automated artificial intelligence (AI) systems, and their infrastructure in which they are created and trained on, have catapulted us into an era of consistent monitoring and surveillance.

Claudia von Vacano, Ph.D.

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Disaggregating Race and Ethnicity Categories in Census Data

November 1, 2022

The collection of race and ethnicity data by the United States Census Bureau has a long, complex, and problematic history. The Census claims that their racial categories generally reflect a social definition of race recognized in America, adhering to guidelines set by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. In 1900, the Census recognized five racial categories: White, Black, Chinese, Japanese, and American Indian. Today, the Census collects more...

Spooky Microbiomes and the Curse of Dimensionality

October 25, 2021

Microbiomes are all the rage today and this trendiness is clear with the Human Microbiome Market predicted to be valued at more than 1 billion dollars by the year 2027 (up from 376 million in 2019).

With studies showing that our microbial community is associated with health outcomes, from regulating our brain chemistry and behaviors...