Blog: Data Science Insights

What’s the Big Deal about Python?

Kunal Marwaha / February 8, 2016

In research and data analysis, a lot of work is routine and repetitive. This is the perfect place for automation: where we tell our computers to do things. How? We write instructions that computers understand—or “programming.”   Why Would I Learn Programming at All?

BIDS Docker Workshop Overview and Lessons Learned

/ January 11, 2016

A big thank you to Titus Brown, associate professor of population health and reproduction at UC Davis, for hosting a two-day Docker Workshop at BIDS. Below is a write-up of the event as well as Titus's takeaways from the workshop.

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.

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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