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An Interview with Jon Stiles and Rick Jaffe of the D-Lab’s Securing Research Data Working Group

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The Securing Research Data working group, run by Jon Stiles of the D-Lab and Rick Jaffe of Research IT, provides a forum for researchers and staff to discuss issues concerning sensitive, confidential, and restricted-use data. Beyond simply sharing information, the group focuses on improving conditions for research. The group meets the 4th Monday of every month and is open to anyone.

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Workshops & demos for researchers: Reproducibility, Security, HPC, and Cloud. Feb 11-14 is Love Data Week!

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Please join us for a series of events on February 11th-15th during Love Data Week

This nationwide campaign is designed to raise awareness about data management, security, sharing, and preservation. Students, researchers, librarians and data specialists are invited to attend these events to gain hands on experience, learn about resources, and engage in discussion around data needs throughout the research process.

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Improving campus services for working with sensitive data

Increasingly, researchers in a wide range of fields at UC Berkeley are applying novel data science approaches to very large sensitive and restricted data sets. Working closely with Berkeley Research Computing (BRC), the Research Data Management (RDM) Program has been helping dozens of faculty, students, and postdocs working with sensitive data by providing consulting expertise in a number of disciplines, including the biological sciences, public health, social welfare, demography, computer science, and more. The combined approach of providing data management and computation support helps researchers integrate data management and curation best practices into their larger research workflows while protecting their data. 

Getting the sources you need for your text mining project

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You have a great research question that you want to answer with text data mining (TDM) methods, and you've got some Python under your belt or you've decided to see what you can learn from a browser-based tool like Voyant. You're ready to get started on a computational text analysis project. But wait!

Where do you get the texts?

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Publisher Data Requirements Revisited

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In May and September of 2017, the Library wrote posts (read them here and here) about a number of publisher research data policies. Over the last year, publishers have engaged in conversations with institutions, funders, and not-for-profit organizations to examine how they can better shape and influence the sharing of research data.

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A Guide to Reproducible Research

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Reproducibility is the process of repeating analyses or experiments to confirm results, and is an essential component of the scientific process. As data and computation have become increasingly more sophisticated, reprodicibility is even more important because algorithmic research is often impossible to verify manually or intuitively. 

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"DARIAH Beyond Europe" workshop

Cowboys and Consortia talk at DARIAH Beyond Europe

UC Berkeley librarians and IT staff joined colleagues from around the world for the first DARIAH Beyond Europe workshop on September 13th at Stanford University. DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) is a humanities-oriented European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), supported by technical and staff contributions from a wide range of countries within and adjacent to Europe.

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Research IT Staff a big presence at PEARC 2018

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The annual Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC) conference was originally designed for High Performance Computing managers and users but has since expanded to provide a forum for discussing challenges, opportunities, and solutions among many types of research facilitators, including librarians. Research IT was well represented at the 2018 conference in Pittsburgh, PA, sharing expertise and experience with the community as well as connecting with and learning from others who are working with cyberinfrastructure and research computing. 

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Holistic approaches to Institutional Repositories at Open Repositories 2018

Open Repositories 2018

Open Repositories, an annual international conference that brings together users, developers, and librarians to discuss open digital repository platforms for institutional data and scholarship, was held in Bozeman, Montana from June 4 - 8. Anna Sackmann, a librarian and RDM consultant, attended to learn more about how other institutions are incorporating repository deposit into the researcher workflow and to present related local efforts at UC Berkeley.

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Community and RDM at CarpentryCon 2018

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Between both organizations, Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry have more than two decades of experience teaching foundational computing and data science skills to researchers through their volunteer-led workshops. In 2018, these organizations merged to become the Carpentries, and at the end of May, RDM team members and Carpentry instructors Scott Peterson and Josh Quan attended the first CarpentryCon at University College Dublin in Ireland.

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