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  • Gary Jung, Services Manager for the Institutional/Condo Cluster (HPC) component of the BRC program, has begun to spend regular time at Warren Hall, working closely with Patrick Schmitz to instantiate the cluster as the first pilot service to roll out under the program. We'll see others of Gary's team in our corner of the building as the service launches: stay tuned. And a warm welcome to Gary...
  • A new RIT web site got a substantial push forward as a near-term soft-launch is critical to provision of information to campus researchers about the Institutional/Condo Cluster. If all the ducks line up as expected, soft-launch could occur next week (week of 3/17).
  • On Th 03/13, Patrick and Chris reported on what they learned at the ECAR annual meeting in late January, and spoke about venues in which staff can collaborate and publish papers; notes coming soon under the Research IT Reading Group wiki page. Next up: Linked Open Data with Eric Kansa and John Deck on 03/27/2014.

 

  • Working with the Library and the Bancroft on a hackathon around the Free Speech Movement archive (April 1 - 12)
    • Presentation of winning entry on 4/12 will be official Cal Day event
    • Students will develop a new web interface for a subset of digital objects in the collection
    • APIs from a Library-hosted Apache Solr instance will be used
    • Library will host the winning result for 18 months
    • I-School as a co-sponsor will donate space in South Hall on 4/12
  • Berkeley DH Working Group meeting-- Chris Church presented on Gephi
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Association at Cal (HSSA), representing about 2000 people (post-docs, visiting scholars, grad students, etc.) will be holding a DH-focused event in April; shared information about currently active projects and their PIs
  • Identified 5th faculty member participant for DH 2014 (Cathryn Carson, taking data mining)
  • Finalized and published digital humanities taxonomy, named TaDiRAH
    • Human-readable and machine-readable versions will live on Github
    • Will soon begin work on implementing TaDiRAH on DiRT and DHCommons
  • Erik Champion visited Berkeley for a number of talks
  • DHCommons editorial board meetings
    • Developing call for project statements for first journal issue
    • Configuring Open Edition platform for journal
  • DiRT board meeting
    • Shawn Day joined the DiRT board
    • Exploring potential candidates for new organizational home
  • Met with Kathy Weimer of Geohumanities SIG about a partnership with DiRT 
  • Patrick, Quinn, and Rick participated in a "meet and greet" with Stanford Academic Technology staff who made the trek north to Berkeley on Weds. 19 February.
  • RIT's response to the BIDS winter 2013/14 call for participation was submitted on Friday 28 Feb. The document covered major RIT activities (current and for which funding has been requested); contextualized these in terms of BIDS outcomes expected by the funders (Moore/Sloan); and identified workshop series related to Data Science initiatives in which RIT plans to take a lead or participating role.
  • RIT will soon publish a job listing for an IT Architect to lead two significant components of the Berkeley Research Computing program: Cloud Computing Service Architect & Consulting Services Solutions Architect. The position will report to Patrick Schmitz.

 

  • David and Jenn presented a slide deck and had a rich discussion with the Council of Humanities and Social Science Deans on Tues 2/18. This was one in a series of events in which RAE findings will be presented to academic and executive leaders of the campus. A packet of materials -- including an Executive Summary and refined 'one pager' assessments of each service area -- is under development to be distributed to the CoHaSSD and others.

 

See the ETS page RAE Portfolio Planning for an overview of the Research and Academic Engagement landscape survey project.

 

 

  • A presentation on the RAE process and its findings was finalized for its debut before a group of campus academic leaders, the Council of Social Science Deans. The presentation is scheduled for Tues 18 Feb.

 

See the ETS page RAE Portfolio Planning for an overview of the Research and Academic Engagement landscape survey project.

 

 

  • The last major budget proposal push took up much of the week for RIT management, including multiple proposals (esp. Research Data Management) that directly affect the Berkeley Research Computing program
  • Patrick Schmitz and Richard Millet attended ITIL training in San Francisco Tues - Thurs
  • An initial draft of RIT's submission to BIDS winter 2013/14 call for participation was completed; meanwhile the submission deadline was extended from 2/14 to 2/28. The draft will be reviewed and and iterated one or more times by the new deadline.

 

  • Jenn and David met this week to further refine the RAE analysis packet for distribution to campus leaders.

 

See the ETS page RAE Portfolio Planning for an overview of the Research and Academic Engagement landscape survey project.

 

 

 

  • Source material and an outline for an RIT response to the BIDS winter 2013/14 call for participationbegan to coalesce this week. The response is due on Friday, 14 Feb 2014.
  • A group of RIT managers and staff met on Friday 7 Feb to consult with CNI director and iSchool adjunct professor Cliff Lynch on RIT major programs, activities, and proposals.
  • Budget proposals had their due dates tweaked due to newly-communicated changes to the proposal submission calendar; work on these continues.

 

 

 

  • Planned visit from Stanford Academic Technology Specialists group on 2/19; will involve a meet-and-greet with UCB staff who support research and teaching (from library, ETS, RIT, D-Lab, BCNM, etc.), and an afternoon tour of library, ETS and D-Lab facilities
  • Helped identify RIT and CDL participants for a roundtable on project sustainability as part of the Early Modern Patterns UCHRI group meeting in April
  • Met with Yves Laszlo, from École Normale Supérieure, who's interested in formalizing some sort of student exchange arrangement with Berkeley; ENS is partnering with Lausanne on new digital humanities project (publishing a digital version of an annotated book)
  • Held first meeting of Berkeley's 2014 DHSI attendees
  • Scheduled February meeting of Digital Humanities Council
  • Presented on content types, with an emphasis on academic projects, at Berkeley Drupal Users' Group
  • New blog posts on Digital Humanities at Berkeley
  • Budget proposal work continues, as does collaboration between David Greenbaum and Jenn Stringer on preparing the RAE analysis packet for distribution to campus leaders.

 

See the ETS page RAE Portfolio Planning for an overview of the Research and Academic Engagement landscape survey project.

 

 

 

In January, the CollectionSpace deployment team continued its work on the deployment for the BAM/PFA CineFiles collection.  (CineFiles contains scanned images from the PFA Library's extensive collection of printed materials covering world cinema.)

By the end of November 2013, we had completed work on our first prototype featuring a significant subset of customizations and a significant subset of migrated data.  Our next goal is to complete a second prototype with customizations, data, and page images.  We are on track to complete that prototype by the end of January and hand it off to BAM/PFA staff for testing.  Development work then switches to reports and a denormalized view of the data that will be used by the public CineFiles portal (either the current CineFiles web site or a new BAM/PFA web site that is under development).

For the University and Jepson Herbaria, we have been developing a label report and workflow that collectors will use as they prepare specimens for deposit in UCJEPS.  For the UC Botanical Garden, we are beginning work on improvements to their reports that will handle more complexity in their information.  For the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology (PAHMA), we are upgrading their system to version 4.0 of CollectionSpace and addressing some important stability bugs.

  • The RIT management team (David, Patrick, Chris) met with VCR Graham Fleming and CIO Larry Conrad to apprise the VCR of RAE benchmarking work.
  • Jenn and David continue to develop the RAE benchmarking "one pagers" and an executive summary for presentation later in the term to campus leaders.

 

See the ETS page RAE Portfolio Planning for an overview of the Research and Academic Engagement landscape survey project.

 

 

  • The BIDS winter 2013/14 call for participation (deadline 14 February) was disseminated by the Office of VCR Graham Fleming (that and more about BIDS as it takes shape on the BIDS FAQ. RIT will respond to the call for participation; RIT staff who wish to suggest contributions to "a 2-3 page document that describes your efforts in data science, including your challenges and opportunities" should speak with or e-mail Steve by noon on Weds. 05 February with input to a review and discussion scheduled for the following day.
  • The RIT management team (David, Patrick, Chris) met with VCR Graham Fleming and CIO Larry Conrad to apprise the VCR of RAE benchmarking work and to discuss the progress of the BRC program.
  • Budget proposal work is ongoing.

 

  • Campus discussions continue, especially in relation to candidate budget proposals arising out of RAE analysis of 2013.
  • Presentation of RAE methodology at UCB and NYU may be headed to ARL (Assn of Research Libraries) and/or to Educause later this year, due to strong multi-university interest in how similar exercises might be helpful to other institutions. This interest continues to emerge out of the joint Berkeley/NYU CNI presentation in December.

 

See the ETS page RAE Portfolio Planning for an overview of the Research and Academic Engagement landscape survey project.