The D-Lab’s mission is to promote and improve data intensive social science at Berkeley.
We work with undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff in departments, programs, schools, and centers across campus to ensure that Berkeley researchers have access to the latest methods, tools, data, and computing resources. We train social scientists, humanists, and others on campus on the latest methods and tools, consult on projects, provide data access, and create a fun, collaborative and inclusive environment for all researchers, from beginners to experts. Our motto is “It’s Okay Not to Know!” (IOK2NK!): Everyone has something to learn -- and something to teach.
By supporting the D-Lab, you are ensuring that a new generation of researchers can quickly get up to speed on research methods and statistical computing. You are contributing to the development of foundational skills such as Stata, R, and Python programming. You are encouraging the application of state-of-the-art methods like machine learning, text analysis, geographic information systems, and cloud computing. And you are underwriting a community committed to democratizing access to data science for the public good:
- $200 provides a working group of researchers the opportunity to collaborate and learn from one another for a semester.
- $500 teaches 5 researchers the basics of machine learning, text analysis, or GIS.
- $1,000 underwrites the development of a new course module that brings data science into a social science classroom on campus for the first time.
- $5,000 ensures secure access to sensitive research data.
- $10,000 supports 3 undergraduates who are the first in their family to attend college in their efforts to learn statistical computing skills and carry out their own original research.