We hope everyone has a great and safe Spring Break!
- Spring Break Hours -

D-Lab will be open during spring break but with limited hours! Our virtual frontdesk and consulting drop-in hours will be operating with a modified schedule to continue supporting students who are working on projects while classes and workshops are on break.

D-Lab virtual frontdesk will be:

Open 10:00am-4:00pm, Monday - Thursday (March 22 - March 25)

Closed Friday, March 26 in observance of the Cesar Chavez Day holiday

- Consulting Drop-in Hours -

D-Lab Consulting RoomOver spring break while classes and workshops are on hiatus, we know many of you are still working on projects that need consulting support!

We will continue to offer drop-in consulting with slightly reduced hours next week
Monday-Thursday from 10am-4pm.  

Browse our list of consultants
or check out our drop-in hours schedule.


- Blog Posts -

Manuscript Workflow with
R Markdown and Git

By Lawrence Y. Tello

" As part of my Masters of Public Health program I needed to complete a capstone. Working on a manuscript is a lot of back and forth: You need to make edits, fix your words and figures, and sometimes re-work entire sections. If you are like me, the thought of doing this process over a long period of time in Word makes me nauseous... My solution? R Markdown and Git! "

To learn more about how Lawrence leverages R and Git, view Lawrence's full blog here!

- Job Opportunity at D-Lab -

D-Lab is hiring two MAXQDA Instructors

We are hiring two paid MAXQDA Instructors to lead our workshops. Applicants should have experience using advanced features of the software and be willing to design new workshop content. This role will work closely with D-Lab's Executive Director. Advanced workshop topics include using MAXQDA to write a literature review or research paper. Please apply here.

- Research Data Spotlight -

Introducing CJARS, a New Data Platform for Integrated Criminal Justice Research

In partnership with the US Census Bureau and federal and state justice departments, the University of Michigan has just launched CJARS: the Criminal Justice Administrative Records System. Updated daily, CJARS provides a nationally integrated repository of longitudinal, multi-jurisdictional data harmonized and linked to track individuals through the criminal justice system across space and time. It has been built for integration with socio-economic survey and administrative Census data, making it a rich and important resource for multi-faceted criminal justice research. As a restricted-use dataset, CJARS is only available through the Federal Statistical Research Data Center Network, of which Berkeley is a member. 

To jumpstart research a CJARS-NSF fellowship competition is currently underway which will grant $10,000 stipends to recipients. To find out more see the CJARS website starting with the introductory webinar.

- Summer Session -

Sign Up For CALI-DH Online Today!

Are you interested in developing transferable competencies that are attractive to employers and academic programs? In our digital humanities program, the UC Berkeley Cultural Analytics Learning Institute for Digital Humanities (CALI-DH), you will explore questions about art and culture using digital tools. By pairing computational methods and domain specialization you can better understand complex phenomena and cultures and how computational analysis influences what you see.  CALI-DH Online will guide you through the entire process of identifying relevant cultural artifacts and archives, curating your own subset of data, conducting advanced research, and communicating your findings.

To learn more about the courses offered this summer please visit here!

- Working Groups-

Digital Humanities Workgroup on Network Analysis and Assemblage Theory
Thursday, March 18 | 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

While Social Network Analysis (SNA) continues to emerge as a vibrant methodology across disciplines, researchers have recently called for the need for more theoretical interventions to complement and better explain the results produced by network analysis methods. In this presentation, Sara Ann Knutson will discuss what Sara argues to be the productivity and wide-ranging possibilities for Assemblage Theory to contribute to network-based research. Knutson's research on this topic was recently published in the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory  but in this presentation, Knutson will discuss how the concept of assemblage (and Assemblage Theory) may be used beyond archaeological research in disciplines throughout the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Digital Humanities Workgroup on Network and Spatial Analysis
Friday, March 19 | 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

The DH workgroup on network and spatial analysis is a small group of Stanford and Berkeley researchers who meet twice a quarter to discuss relevant methods and give feedback on each other's research projects. There will be two short presentations (around 10 mins each) followed by free discussion. Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty members whose work involves network analysis and GIS methods are all welcome. If you are interested in joining this meeting, please RSVP to Yunxin Li at by March 18.

Computational Text Analysis Working Group (CTAWG): 
AI and Archives: finding the optimal path from analog to digital

Friday, March 19 | 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM | Register for Zoom link

Adam Anderson will describe a work in progress, which is supported by a team of developers through a Data Science Discovery program. The goal of the project is to model the research landscape for a given field or discipline. The workflow accomplishes this by implementing the latest OCR technology and NLP frameworks for drawing relationships between the books and articles of an archive. The resulting models provide insights into a corpus of texts too large for any single scholar to read in their lifetime. 

Check out future working group sessions.

- Upcoming Workshops -

R Visualization
March 17 | 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

This workshop will provide an introduction to graphics in R with ggplot2. Participants will learn how to construct, customize, and export a variety of plot types in order to visualize relationships in data. We will also explore the basic grammar of graphics, including the aesthetics and geometry layers, adding statistics, transforming scales, and coloring or panelling by groups. You will learn how to make histograms, boxplots, scatterplots, lineplots, and heatmaps as well as how to make compound figures. The bonus challenge walks you though how to make geographic maps using the Google Maps API. 

Finding Health Statistics and Data
March 17 | 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

Participants in this workshop will learn about some of the issues surrounding the collection of health statistics, and will also learn about authoritative sources of health statistics and data. We will look at tools that let you create custom tables of vital statistics (birth, death, etc.), disease statistics, health behavior statistics, and more. The focus will be on U.S. statistics, but sources of non-U.S. statistics will be covered as well.

R Functional Programming
March 18 | 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

This workshop helps you to step up your R skills with functional programming. The purrr package provides easy-to-use tools to automate repeated things in your entire R workflow (e.g., wrangling, modeling, and visualization). The end result is cleaner, faster, more readable and extendable code. I highly recommend you to take this workshop (1) if you still write copy-and-paste code, (2) exclusively rely on for loops for automation, and (3) want to know about the joy and power of R functional programming.

Python Visualization
March 18 | 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

For this workshop, we'll provide an introduction to visualization with Python. We'll cover visualization theory and plotting with Matplotlib and Seaborn, working through examples in a Jupyter (formerly IPython) notebook. We'll also learn about styles and customizing plots, and discuss the plot types best suited for particular kinds of data.

R Fundamentals: Part 1-4
March 29, 31 & April 5, 7 | 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

R Fundamentals Part 1: Introduction

Students will learn how to navigate the R Studio environment. You will also learn how to store data, characteristics of basic data types and data structures, the importance of data frames (think Excel spreadsheets), and how to save your work.

R Fundamentals Part 2: Subsetting and Reshaping

Students will be introduced to loading data from files and various ways to subset it with an emphasis on bracket notation. You will also learn how to use logical vectors, search for and subset missing data, and merge data frames. Terms like subsetbracket notation, and logical vectors will be defined and reintroduced in Part 2.

R Fundamentals Part 3: Data exploration

Students will be introduced to data exploration and analysis in R. You will learn how to summarize data and explore it with histograms, scatterplots, and boxplots. You will also be introduced to coding statistical data analysis via t-tests, analyses of variance, correlation, and linear regression.

R Fundamentals Part 4: For loops and functions

In the final part, you will learn the basics of automation through for loops and functions. We will also walk through a Monte Carlo simulation from scratch and examine the probabilistic "birthday problem".

Python Fundamentals: Part 1-4
March 29, 31 & April 5, 7 | 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

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.

Stata Fundamentals: Part 1-3
March 30 & April 1, 6 | 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

Part 1:  Introduction
Getting a dataset into Stata (no previous knowledge expected), examining a dataset and finding variables of interest, summarizing and tabulating variables, and more!

Part 2: Data Analysis in Stata 
Correlation, T-tests, OLS and logistic regression (basic syntax, using interaction terms, interpreting output), and more!

Part 3: Stata Programming
Local and global variables (macros), looping (foreach, forvalues), reshaping data between wide and long formats, and more!

R Census Geospatial
March 30 | 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

Since 1790, the US Census has been THE source of data about American people, providing valuable insights to social scientists and humanists. Mapping these data by census geographies adds more value by allowing researchers to explore spatial trends and outliers. This workshop will introduce three key packages for streamlining census data workflows in R: tigris, tidycensus and tmap. Participants will learn how to download census tabular data for one or more geographic aggregation units or years, download the associated census geographic data and then join these data for analysis and mapping. 
Knowledge Requirements: R experience equivalent to the D-Lab R Fundamentals workshop series is required to follow along with the tutorial. Basic knowledge of census data and geospatial data will be very helpful. 
Tech Requirements: Bring a laptop with R, RStudio and the following R packages installed: sp, sf, rgdal, rgeos, raster, ggplot2, and tmap, tigris and tidycensus.

By Design: Graphics and Images 
March 30 | 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

In this hands-on workshop, we will learn how to create web graphics for your digital publishing projects and websites. We will cover topics such as image editing tools in Photoshop; image resolution for the web; sources for free public domain and Creative Commons images; and image upload to publishing tools such as WordPress. 

To see a calendar view of our upcoming March 2021 Workshops, click here!

- Upcoming Events -

Cal Data Visualization Network (CDVN)
Tableau Meeting: March 18 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Zoom Link

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. To get a glimpse of the CDVN in action, check out one of their peer-led social learning groups! 

To learn more about the network and for instructions on signing up for their mailing list and calendar info, please visit here!

Creating VR Exhibitions With Mozilla Hubs
March 18 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Zoom Link

Mozilla Hubs is a Web-based platform that provides users with a three-dimensional virtual environment that can allow for links, videos, 2D and 3D objects, and live interaction. As an alternative to zoom, Mozilla Hubs has been used for poster sessions, conferences, performances, exhibitions, and more. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to Mozilla Hubs and how to use the built-in functionality. We will also cover how to build your own basic environment and bring it into Mozilla Hubs through Spoke, Mozilla Hub’s web editor. This workshop will be tailored to building VR exhibitions.

To learn more about the network and for instructions on signing up for their mailing list and calendar info, please visit here!

- Jobs & External Opportunities  -

CPL Summer Institute Grad Student Instructor

The California Policy Lab (CPL) seeks a graduate student instructor for our annual Summer Institute, in which we host a cohort of talented undergraduates to do data-driven projects using administrative data. The Summer Institute hosts 5-10 talented UC undergraduates to work on data-focused policy research projects. Applicants are well-equipped in coding and data analysis and have a background in data science, economics, statistics, or public policy. The application deadline is March 19th at 12pm. Click here for more details and to learn how to apply!

BIMI Academic Coordinator

The Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI) at the University of California, Berkeley is seeking applications for an Academic Program Coordinator. BIMI is a campus initiative to advance research, training and public outreach on human mobility, immigrants’ integration and the ways migration transforms societies around the world. The expected start date of this full-time, 2-year position is April 2021. The position may be renewed for an additional year.

Click here for more details and to learn how to apply!

Global Accelerator and Explorer City Internships 

The Global Accelerator program is an intensive and immersive, cohort-based 8-week summer career boot camp in London or New York. Join like-minded students from across the globe, in one of the world’s twin commercial and cultural powerhouses, to gain in-demand skills, real-world experience, and a professional network in a transformative eight weeks. The Global Explorer program, derived from the OG Global Accelerator program, is available year-round in 20 cities worldwide. Add valuable skills and experience to your resume, and invaluable miles and memories to your passport. The Global Explorer program is designed for those interested in both exploring the world and discovering their career.

Click here for more details and to learn how to apply!

The Center for Effective Global Action is Hiring

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at UC Berkeley is hiring! We're recruiting for a Research Associate, Senior Associate or Project Manager, Finance and Reporting, and an Events and Communications Associate.

Click here to learn more and apply!

Human Technology Futures Undergraduate Essay Competition

The Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society and the Human-Technology Futures group is organizing a $300 cash prize for UC Berkeley undergraduates doing independent and original research on social, cultural, historical, policy, or ethical issues at the intersection of technology, society, and human life. To submit your work and to learn more, fill out this google form by Friday, March 19th. Winners will be announced at the end of April during a virtual reception for all contest entrants and their guests.

Haas Research Data Analyst and Lab Manager

UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Professors Jennifer Chatman and Sameer Srivastava are hiring two positions: a full-time Research Analyst and a Lab Manager.

View here to learn more about the Analyst position and here for the Lab Manager position 

Qualitative Data Management Plan Competition
Qualitative Data Management Plan Competition

The Qualitative Data Repository is co-organizing a competition with DMPTool and the Princeton Research Data Service! The Qualitative Data Management Plan Competition seeks to identify and celebrate well-crafted data management plans for research projects that are either primarily qualitative in nature, or where multi-method and qualitative data form a significant part of the project. More details of the competition can be found here. If researchers have any qualitative projects that involved writing a DMP then we’d love to see those plans entered for the competition!

Simons Institute Law and Society Fellowship

The Institute invites researchers from the humanities, social sciences, law, and related disciplines to apply for the semester-long Law and Society Fellowship, for the Spring 2022 programs on "Causality" and "Learning and Games" and the Fall 2022 program on "Data-Driven Decision Processes." Note, for the Spring 2022 semester, the Law and Society Fellow can join either or both Spring programs.  Descriptions of these programs and other information about the Institute can be found at

Click here to learn more and apply!

Division of Computing, Data Science and Society:
Director for Academic Programs

The Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS) is looking to hire a Director of Academic Programs. This position works in close collaboration with the Associate Deans, EAD, CDSS department managers, and others to support the Data Science undergraduate major as well as supporting the development of graduate programs for the division. This position provides leadership that demonstrates and communicates a big picture understanding of the organization, its interrelationships, and priorities; and ensures time, resources, learning opportunities, and actions are focused on priorities that matter to the changing workplace.

Click here to learn more and apply!

Postdoctoral Scholar - Data Privacy: Public Policy and Practice - Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity

The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity is searching for a Postdoctoral Scholar to assist in the development of an emerging research program focused on studying how firms, customers, citizens, and other relevant stakeholders have reacted to and been impacted by Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) & California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA). The objective is to extend empirical understandings about reactions to and consequences of these laws.

Click here to learn more and apply!

Postdoctoral Scholar - Systematic Approaches to Reducing Digital Harms - Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity 

The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity is searching for a Postdoctoral Scholar to assist in the development of an emerging research program focused on new ways to define, measure, and mitigate globally and culturally contextualized harms of digital products. The objective is to extend economic, cultural, and other conceptual understandings of how societies deal with physical waste streams (such as carbon) and other externalities, to the digital environment as a means of developing practical solutions that mitigate harms.

Click here to learn more and apply!

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