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April 24, 2017

The last day to complete a bSpace Content Retrieval Request will be Friday, June 16, 2017. The bSpace system will be decommisioned following the completion of requests. Content retrieval will no longer be available after this date. 

April 20, 2017

Since his college days at Brigham Young University (BYU), Adam Anderson has been measuring evenings and weekends in pages, rather than hours. “You can scan about 400 pages an hour, once you get in the groove,” he explains. Anderson, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at UC Berkeley, has spent his career scanning texts in order to draw upon secondary literature in archaeology and computational linguistics.

Since his college days at Brigham Young University (BYU), Adam Anderson has been measuring evenings and weekends in pages, rather than hours. “You can scan about 400 pages an hour, once you get in the groove,” he explains. Anderson, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at UC Berkeley, has spent his career scanning texts in order to draw upon secondary literature in archaeology and computational linguistics.

April 11, 2017

April 4, 2017

Opportunities abound to get active in EDUCAUSE – through career development programs, speaking venues, and volunteer activities. You probably already know that EDUCAUSE provides access to research, information, and professional connections relevant to higher ed IT. And it offers so much more! Join the witty and personable EDUCAUSE CEO John O’Brien to learn about EDUCAUSE, how it advances IT and strengthens higher education and, importantly, how UC IT staff can get involved.

March 22, 2017

To the campus community:

Earlier this year we announced some changes that are coming to video conferencing services offered on campus. We are excited for the release of Google Hangouts Meet at the end of March followed by the rollout of Zoom which will replace ReadyTalk, in early April. If you currently use ReadyTalk, the IST Telecommunications team has been working with you directly over the past few months to help ensure a smooth transition.

March 17, 2017

March 15, 2017

Cal Answers Community,

We are pleased to announce the release of the undergraduate Multiple Majors dashboard, along with additional important updates.

Undergraduate Multiple Majors Dashboard

March 11, 2017

For the students, staff, faculty, and administrators of the University of California (UC), the six Regents meetings that take place throughout the year are crucially important. With 10 campuses across California, technology plays a key role in making these meetings accessible to as many of the UC’s stakeholders as possible. Live-streaming and posting the Regents deliberations to the web means the events can be accessed in dorm rooms and offices across our Golden State and anyone with a phone screen or a laptop can stay up-to-date with the high-level decisions affecting them.

March 10, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

As I announced back in September, we have embarked on developing a comprehensive workforce strategy and professional development program for OCIO/IST, modeled on the work that SAIT and now CSS-IT and ETS have done. The quality and capabilities of IT for the University are directly tied to the quality and capabilities of our IT workforce.  Now more than ever, we need to invest in that workforce…you.  

A cohort of students in Haas’s Masters of Financial Engineering (MFE) program have been using Analytics Environments on Demand (AEoD) to work on their Applied Finance Projects, the final projects in the MFE program. Five Applied Finance Project teams used AEoD resources, serving a total of twenty students.

March 9, 2017

If you have thousands, hundreds of thousands, or millions of PDFs to OCR, a high-powered, automated solution is usually best. One such option is the open source OCR engine TesseractResearch IT has installed Tesseract in a container that you can use on the Savio high performance computing (HPC) cluster.

March 8, 2017

Hearst Memorial Mining Building has a storied legacy here on campus and was a fitting venue for our latest One IT event hosted by Berkeley Engineering. Hundreds of IT professionals gathered Wednesday, March 1, 3-5 p.m. to connect with each other, with leadership, and to learn more about some of the great work happening in the College of Engineering.

March 7, 2017

The Wisdom Café sat down to talk to UC Berkeley’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Larry Conrad. We discussed his career path and his ideas for leadership and management here at UC Berkeley.

UC’s Sautter Award Program, which celebrates innovation in information technology, is now accepting nominations through May 19, 2017.

The annual awards recognize technology projects that demonstrate the program’s values, including innovation, collaboration and operational efficiency, and that advance UC’s teaching, research, health care, and public service missions.

Read the Full Story.

Construction has begun on a visualization wall at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in Kroeber Hall that will immerse viewers in guided tours of archeology sites and other displays in 3D. 

March 6, 2017

IST and OCIO colleagues –

I wanted to remind everyone about the FY17 Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards program. This year, we received $104,714 in funding for both Spot and Achievement awards. To date we have issued 14 Spot awards, which leaves us with $97,644 that must be spent before the end of the year. The two awards are distinguished as follows:

Moffit Library is a hub of campus energy and ideas, and if the newly renovated upstairs feels like a tech start-up, the new basement feels like Steve Jobs’ garage in the 21st century with the introduction of a student makerspace. As a free-to-use, collaborative, and community-operated space, it serves anyone on the Berkeley campus interested in the cutting-edge technology of 3D printing and fabrication.

March 1, 2017

As part of the campus’s ongoing effort to improve the accessibility of online content, we have determined that instead of focusing on legacy content that is 3-10 years old, much of which sees very limited use, we will work to create new public content that includes accessible features. Our public legacy libraries on YouTube and iTunesU include over 20,000 publications. This move will also partially address recent findings by the Department of Justice which suggests that the YouTube and iTunesU content meet higher accessibility standards as a condition of remaining publicly available.