The new D-Lab Applied Data Analytics Training Platform (ADAPT), made possible through a complex data use agreement with the Coleridge Initiative, provides UC Berkeley students with access to state agency data related to jobs and economic opportunity from California Department of Social Services. Learn how states have developed regional collaboratives around a framework of training, shared products, data standards and governance at a Coleridge Initiative two-day webinar mapping the strategy to grow data access, stewardship, and analysis for evidence-based policymaking.
Computational Text Analysis:
Privacy and Data Ethics in Text Data Mining Contexts Feb 5 | 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link
As data becomes available on a massive scale, questions of privacy and data ethics become more prevalent in various research contexts. In this talk, we will address and discuss some common concerns and issues that come up in this space and how to practically deal with them.
Securing Research Data:
Working with Sensitive and Restricted-Use Data
In celebration of Love Data Week, we will spotlight several new tools available (or coming soon) to researchers working with sensitive and restricted-use data: Qualtrics option (“brand”) for health-related data, Secure Research Data and Compute (SRDC) platforms, and a trial REDCap service.
This workshop will introduce methods for working with geospatial data in QGIS, a popular open-source desktop GIS program that runs on both PCs and Macs as well as linux computers. Participants will learn how to load, query and visualize point, line and polygon data. We will also introduce basic methods for processing spatial data, which are the building blocks of spatial analysis workflows. Coordinate reference systems and map projections will also be introduced.
Data are the foundations of the social and biological sciences. Familiarizing yourself with a programming language can help you better understand the roles that data play in your field. Learn to develop and train your data skills for free at our R workshops!The D-Lab's R Fundamentals workshop is a four-part introductory series that will teach you R from scratch with clear introductions, concise examples, and support documents. You will learn how to download and install the open-sourced R Studio software, import, export, manipulate, and visualize data, and learn to write shorthand functions of your code.
This four-part, interactive workshop series is your complete introduction to programming Python for people with little or no previous programming experience. By the end of the series, you will be able to apply your knowledge of basic principles of programming and data manipulation to a real-world social science application.
This three-part, interactive workshop series is your complete introduction to programming Python for people with little or no previous programming experience. By the end of the series, you will be able to apply your knowledge of the basic principles of programming and data manipulation to a real-world social science application. Part 1 will focus on introducing the material while parts 2-3 will focus on data analysis in Stata as well as programming in Stata.
Qualitative Data Analysis (QDA) software is used to organize and structure data, codes, memos, and other components of a qualitative study, as well as support engagement in analysis. This workshop is for qualitative researchers, new and established, interested in learning about MAXQDA, a software for which D-Lab provides substantive support. Assuming no prior knowledge in MAXQDA, this workshop will introduce participants to the website where the software can be downloaded and numerous training materials can be accessed.
Geospatial data are an important component of data visualization and analysis in the social sciences, humanities, and elsewhere. The R programming language is a great platform for exploring these data and integrating them into your research.
Part I: Getting started with spatial data objects
Part 2: Geoprocessing and analysis
Part 3: Working with raster data
To see a calendar view of our upcoming February 2021 Workshops, view here!
As part of this year's conference, we want to highlight the exceptional data science work completed by students at UC Berkeley. On Wednesday, March 10 from 11 am -12 pm, we will host a session of lightning talks (5-10 mins) that showcase completed and/or in-progress data science projects led by UC Berkeley students.
Love Data Week, February 8 - 12, 2021
Celebrate Love Data Week by joining us for a series of events from February 8 through February 12, 2021. This year, the UC campuses are partnering to celebrate this nationwide campaign designed to raise awareness and build community around research data. Tune in for sessions that explore topics related to data ethics, data security, and much more! All members of the UC community are invited to attend. Click here to see the schedule for all UC events and register.
Webinar on Restricted Use Health Data, February 11, 2021
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) provides researchers access to restricted-use, confidential, national survey microdata at their Research Data Centers (NCHS RDCs) and at the 30 Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDCs) spread across the country, including the Berkeley FSRDC. On Feb 11 from 10-11:30am the Stanford Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS) is hosting a webinar with the CDC to discuss NCHS survey datasets and how to access them. Click here to learn more and register. For info on accessing NCHS and other restricted use federal administrative datasets here at Berkeley, see the Berkeley FSRDC web page.
Cal Data Visualization Network (CDVN)
The CDVN works to give staff opportunities to network, share ideas, and grow their skill sets. To that end, we collaborate with other, like-minded communities of practice on campus to share learning opportunities.
Here at the CDVN, we are dedicated to learning good data analysis and visualization practices, platform-agnostic, always open to learning, welcome to all staff, and dedicated to sharing knowledge in the efforts of empowering our staff.
To get a glimpse of the CDVN in action, check out one of their peer-led social learning groups!
Tableau Mastermind Meeting: Tuesday, Feb 9th | 11 am | Zoom Link
Excel and Google Sheets Meeting: Thursday, Feb 18th | 11am | Zoom Link
To learn more about the network and for instructions on signing up for their mailing list and calendar info, please visit here!
- Job Opportunities -
OASIS Consulting Statistician
OASIS—Organizing to Advance Solutions in the Sahel—works to create a healthy and resilient Sahel where women and girls are educated and free to make critical life choices. We focus on three strategic priorities critical to this goal: 1) developing, strengthening and scaling-up evidence-based programs that complement education and health systems; 2) conducting ethnographic, formative and operations research to inform education and reproductive health policy and practice; 3) building local leadership and advocacy capacity to support an enabling environment for women and girls to thrive.
OASIS is seeking a statistician to provide technical support for program research and evaluation design, electronic data system development, and statistical analyses. Applicants are expected to have strong French language skills, a Ph.D/Ph.D in statistics, epidemiology, or equivalent, strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills, and excellent writing skills.
Work will be as needed throughout 2021, with an estimated time commitment of 8 hours per week.
To apply please submit a resume and one paragraph highlighting your fit for this position, including French proficiency if applicable, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Education Specialist
The Division of Computing, Data Science and Society, Data Science Undergraduate Studies is hiring a Modules Coordinator - Public Education Specialist. The Public Education Specialist position involves designing, conducting, promoting, and supporting various public educational programs such as Modules: Data Made Accessible to Many and Data Scholars. The incumbent is responsible for researching and assessing educational needs and interests for targeted public segments and develops programs, materials, technology, and learning approaches accordingly.
This position is available to internal applicants only.
To learn more about the position and the application process, please view here!
Short-term Database Admin Job Opportunity related to COVID-19
The Berkeley Water Center (BWC) is developing innovative tools to detect the concentration of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in wastewater influent. These innovations, once operationalized, will help to determine the epidemiological distribution of Covid-19 among the Bay Area populace. The San Francisco Estuary Institutue (SFEI) is partnering with BWC to develop a data visualization dashboard to complement this research. SFEI has approximately 100 hours of work for a talented PostgreSQL database expert specializing in database design, PostGIS, and ETL operations to support these efforts. If you are interested in such an opportunity, please contact Gemma Shusterman (email@example.com) for more details.
Graduate Student Assistant 4 Position
Evaluating Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Outcomes and Achievement as part of the Academic Program Review (APR) process.
This Student Assistant 4 (graduate student) position is a joint appointment through the Division of Undergraduate Education (VCUE) and Division of Academic Planning (VPAP). It will reside in the VCUE Immediate Office as part of the VCUE Data Team, reporting to the VCUE Institutional Research Analyst. The Student Assistant will form part of the team that provides support to departments undergoing an Academic Program Review (APR). The APR process is an essential element in Berkeley’s institutional accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Each semester, three to five departments initiate their APR process. The Student Assistant will: 1) work with those departments interested in consultations on student learning outcomes (SLO) as part of the departmental self-study. Including setting and mapping SLOs, selecting instruments best suited to evaluating student achievement of program-level learning outcomes; 2) create a flexible, reproducible process for evaluations of student learning outcomes.
We are looking for a graduate student who can commit to eight (8) hours per week for the spring semester of 2021. Hourly salary range $24.46 - $29.49; salary will be determined based on Departmental guidelines and policies. This appointment is not eligible for fee remission.
How to Apply:
Please submit a brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position, your resume and contact details for at least one departmental reference to Audrey Thomas at VCUE_DataTeam@berkeley.edu, subject line: APR Student Assistant 4 application
Applications received by Wednesday, February 10 will be given full consideration.
ReThink Media Research and Analysis Internship
ReThink media seeks a graduate student with R or Python programming skills to assist our Research & Analysis Team. This internship will provide an opportunity to develop your data wrangling and analysis skills while helping inform communications strategies for advocacy groups working on a range of social justice issues.
ReThink Media’s Research & Analysis Team conducts message testing and public opinion research, tracks public polling, analyzes media coverage and social media conversations about our issues, and manages data about our programs’ impact.
ReThink Media’s paid internship program provides talented undergraduate and graduate students (and recent students) with hands-on experience in the field of issue advocacy communications and applied research and analysis.
To learn more about the position and how to apply view here!
Social Science Matrix is seeking an advanced social science graduate student to be a program assistant.
Program Assistant position available at Social Science Matrix
Social Science Matrix is a cross-disciplinary research unit in the College of Letters and Science within the Social Sciences Division. We are an incubator for early stage, interdisciplinary research and we work to promote social science research on campus. Critical to this work are the public- and campus-facing events we organize, which include lecture series, workshops, colloquia, conferences, book talks, and panel discussions. Our events seek to draw on the breadth and depth of research expertise within and beyond the Social Science Division, examining important topics and ideas that are reforming the contours of social science research today. This Spring semester all programming will be online only and the program assistant will work remotely.
We seek a graduate student to help develop, organize and publicize some of our public events and programs,including our annual call for proposals for research teams.
The position will be a 50% position, starting immediately with an end date in June 2021.
Please apply with a resume/CV and two short writing samples that summarize some kind of social science research.
D-Lab is looking for graduate students familiar with a range of qualitative, quantitative, computational, and data methods, tools, languages, and software to join our consulting team on an hourly basis. You determine how many hours and when to work, allowing you to easily fit this into your current schedule. If you're interested in developing your skills by helping others through consulting, then please fill out this survey.
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