New and improved Research Hub ready for the academic year

October 3, 2012

Research Hub,, is ready for the fall semester with new features, training workshops, and a pilot program to help scholars archive and share their research data. Drag ‘n’ drop uploads, audio/video playback, Photoshop previews, and email integration are just few of the improvements that make Research Hub more powerful and easier to use. And the Hub still comes with 10 GB of storage — free! September 24, 2012.

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Townsend Lab features Open Scholar and Open Academy

July 3, 2012

We just got a nice writeup of our work with Open Scholar and Open Academy by Rochelle Terman of the Townsend Center for the Humanities. Thanks Rochelle!

CalNet guest accounts extend collaboration beyond campus

May 23, 2012

source: UC Berkeley iNews, May 23, 2012

UC Berkeley shapes the world through work that is produced, often, in partnership with colleagues beyond the borders of campus. Until this week, Berkeley researchers, faculty, and project teams have been left on their own to find ways to share documents and collaborative tools with these partners. Now, thanks to the new CalNet Guest Account service, faculty and staff can sponsor off-campus colleagues for access to the campus’s online environments.

Developed by a team comprising staff from CalShare, Research Hub, and CalNet, the CalNet Guest Account service currently allows access only to the CalShare and Research Hub services. However, it is expected that guest access to additional campus online collaboration tools will be available soon.

Read entire iNews article.

Open Academy Presentation @ DrupalCon 2012

March 1, 2012

Brian Wood and Matt Cheney will be presenting our UC Berkeley + Pantheon/Chapter Three Collaboration on Open Academy at DrupalCon 2012 in Denver, Colorado, on Wednesday, March 21. Read Description below:

Open Academy:  A Higher Education Drupal Product for Departmental Websites
The university department is at the center of academic life. All across higher education, tens of thousands of departments have organized themselves to teach courses and perform research. As it turns out, most departments need a website to promote their work and each of those websites is basically the same. Open Academy is an academic departmental website in a box. Built by Pantheon, Chapter Three, and the University of California at Berkeley, we have baked in critical functionality around departmental news, faculty profiles, publications and presentations, events and calendaring, courses, resources and links, video, social media, and degrees and programs. Out of the box, Open Academy lets a department get an amazing and extendible website. As a bonus, Open Academy was built entirely with the Panels module utilizing the In-Place-Editor, pane level fields override, style plugins, layout aware pane displays, and much more. Come see a best practice Panels Drupal Product. This session will be given by Matt Cheney (from Pantheon and Chapter Three) and Brian Wood (from the University of California at Berkeley).

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Seeking Pilot Participants

February 7, 2012

We are looking for faculty, graduate students and postdocs to participate in pilot of Berkeley Scholars, a new platform for building and maintaining personal academic websites.

Requirements for Particpation
Participants should have an interest in building a personal website and be able to attend a one-hour introductory workshop. Additional, targeted support will be provided to ensure that pilot participants can successfully produce an aesthetic and functional personal web presence.  Subsequent to the workshop, we will provide one-on-one support consultations at participants’ offices or other convenient campus locations.  Participants will be expected to share questions/feedback via an email listserv and to complete a brief online survey.

Workshop Dates & Location
Each one-hour workshops will take place in 60 Barrows and will begin promptly at the start of the scheduled time.  The location is reserved for two hours to provide attendees a one-hour working session after the workshop.
◦    3:00 – 5:00 pm Wednesday, February 22
◦    9:00 – 11:00 am Monday, February 27
◦    3:00 – 5:00 pm Wednesday, February 29
◦    1:00 – 3:00 pm Friday, March 2

Participants should bring a laptop, digital photo for profile, bio, and list of publications in standard biblio format (BibTex, EndNote, MARC, RIS). If publications not available, we will show you how to find and import publications using Google Scholar or other web service.

Interested individuals should RSVP to with name, department, and workshop date they can attend.

Open Source Web Publishing Platforms Under Development

January 27, 2012

As mentioned in today’s iNews article, IST is leveraging the new IST Drupal Cloud Hosting service to develop solutions that will make it easier for non-technical users to build and maintain websites. We will be launching the Berkeley Scholars service, which will allow faculty to easily construct high-quality academic-centric personal websites. This service is based on the Harvard OpenScholar project. We are also developing a comparable service based on Chapter Three’s Open Academy for campus departments. IST is working closely with Chapter Three and Pantheon to make both services available during the spring 2012 semester. Stay tuned for more information on these and other projects.

New Student Blog on Dissemination of Research

February 9, 2011

As part of their coursework for Integrative Biology 304: Dissemination of Research, UC Berkeley students are developing multimedia content exploring strategies for communicating scientific research to public audiences. The class blog ( will be the primary vehicle for students to share their work.  The instructors and students welcome feedback via blog comments or the online feedback form.

At OKAPI,  we are excited to support this project and share the results. We are confident that this course will provide a rich and meaningful experience for students, as well as a valuable resource for others seeking to develop their own approaches to public outreach and dissemination of research.

Course Description:
Dissemination of Research: Your Interface with the Public
Integrative Biology (INTEGBI) 304 [2 units]
This course will consist of lectures and class discussions about mechanisms of communicating about science to the public. We will consider how to convey the issues, process, and findings of scientific research to a variety of audiences using different media (e.g., posters, web pages, newsletters, newspaper and magazine articles, books, television). Projects conducted by teams of students under the direct supervision of the instructors will include preparation of outreach materials (e.g., posters, newsletters, web pages).