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Thursday, May 14 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Infusing Data with Compute: Developing and Advancing an Institution-Wide Strategy Around Research Data Science

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Various, disparate academic and research organizations at the University of California (UC) Berkeley campus have seen an infusion of new knowledge and participants, discussion forums, communities of practice, and other opportunities to learn from each other as the campus begins strategizing toward a systematic data and computing strategy to meet UC Berkeley’s academic needs. Many of the units on campus have new leadership, and change is being spurred by the shared purpose of reinventing IT. Computing and data are infusing ever more of Berkeley’s research and teaching. The UC Berkeley campus has now made the leap to articulating an institution-wide strategy around data science. From secure data to on-demand data compute environments, the campus units (with different reporting lines) have been working collaboratively to provision concierge and consulting services for the different parts of the academic landscape along with trying to deploy these services at an enterprise level, the first of its kind at any university in the country. What is developing from this collaborative effort is a shared outlook and overall strategy that incorporates and makes complementary the different data service missions of each organization. This panel will discuss how the strategy germinated, evolved, and how the different organizations with varied data services mission and different reporting structures were able to collaborate and come together to work on developing a holistic data and compute strategy that could then be instituted at an enterprise scale.


Shawna Dark

Chief Academic Technology Officer and Executive Director of Research, University of California, Berkeley

Anthony Suen

University of California, Berkeley

Kenneth Lutz

University of California, Berkeley
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Salwa Ismail

Associate University Librarian, Digital Initiatives and Information Technology, University of California, Berkeley
Salwa Ismail is the Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Information Technology and the Associate CIO for UC Berkeley Library. Prior to coming to UC Berkeley Library, Ms. Ismail was the Head of Library Technologies at Georgetown University Library for eight years... Read More →

Thursday May 14, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT