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Recap: Workshop on the Future of Open Science and Publishing

Justin Kitzes / December 14, 2015

On November 2, we hosted a workshop at BIDS to discuss the future of open science and publishing. Our goal was to explore how increasing calls for openness are likely to affect the landscape of academic research and scholarly communication in the coming decades. The workshop kicked off in the morning with a panel discussion in the Banatao Auditorium on Berkeley campus. Our five invited panelists each presented their organization's current initiatives and future visions surrounding open scholarship.

Looking at the Pain of Others (on Social Media)

Charlotte Cabasse / December 7, 2015

BIDS ethnographer Charlotte Cabasse-Mazel recently published a blog post for Platypus reflecting on "the complexity of witnessing from a distance, and engaging with, catastrophic events, disasters or, in this case, terrorist attacks [the November 2015 Paris attacks]" and discussing the concept of resilience from an STS perspective.

The AMP Lab Stands Up to Big Data

/ December 2, 2015

By: Wallace Ravven   The iPhone is fully charged, but the car battery isn’t. Siri to the rescue. In a flash, she pinpoints the nearest towing service. Siri taps into a nearly limitless world of data by asking thousands of clustered computers to come up with a quick, reliable answer.

I-School Course Teaches New Approaches to Measuring Impact

/ November 24, 2015

A course taught by BIDS fellow Dav Clark and aligned closely with BIDS Collaborative was recently featured in a Blum Center article. By Tamara Straus

rOpenSci Announces $2.9M Award from the Helmsley Charitable Trust

Karthik Ram / November 19, 2015

rOpenSci, a project based at BIDS and Berkeley Initiative for Global Change Biology and led in part by BIDS fellow Karthik Ram, announced today that it was awarded $2.9 million from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust "to expand rOpenSci’s mission of developing tools and community around open data and reproducible research practices." Full announcement below. By Karthik Ram

UC Berkeley to Co-Lead Regional Data Science "Brain Trust"

/ November 2, 2015

We are excited to announce Berkeley's involvement in the National Science Foundation's Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs program (see news release below). BIDS senior fellow Michael Franklin is a co-investigator on this endeavor, and the Western Hub will be closely aligned with BIDS activities. Look for more information on this exciting program in the near future.  By Sarah Yang

NetFridge and Energy Globe Win Top Prizes at Third Annual BERC Cleanweb Hackathon

/ October 27, 2015

By John Romankiewicz This past weekend, nearly 50 participants from UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab, and the Bay Area gathered for the third annual BERC Cleanweb Hackathon. The event was a huge success, and 10 teams made pitches at the end of the 24-hour event in front of a panel of judges, including Anna Schneider of WattTime, Elena Lucas of UtilityAPI, and Kate Knox of Advanced Microgrid Solutions.

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