Volume 2, Issue 9, September 1, 2015
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Christine Borgman: Remarkable Researcher and Role Model
Christine BorgmanChristine Borgman, a Distinguished Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA, is an exemplary role model with a passion for interdisciplinary research. Borgman, who holds degrees in mathematics, library and information science and communication research, dedicates a large amount of her time toward mentoring students and young researchers entering fields that have captivated her interest including scholarly communication, information seeking, human-computer interaction (HCI) and information retrieval.

“What excites me about interdisciplinary research is the opportunity to combine disparate perspectives and to learn from each other,” she said. Read the full story here.

News & Publications

Call for Participation/Proposals/Projects

The Research Informatics Strategic Planning Board (RISP) has been charged with bringing forward high priority use cases for developing research informatics capabilities generally needed by researchers across the campus. Tools for visualizing and presenting research data in scholarly publications are a priority campus need. This message is to invite campus researchers to provide input on visualization tools and techniques for the purposes of defining a potential visualization service.

The purpose of this study is to gather information about the current state of data visualization on the UCLA campus in order to guide the development of needed services, training, and technologies.

The UCLA Library and the Institute for Digital Research and Education will select several datasets as test cases and work with researcher owners to develop visualizations for publications in consultation with a team of programmers, statisticians, and technologists. Campus researchers who participate will receive one or more visualizations of their dataset to use in publication and communication of their research. We expect to support 3-5 of these dataset use cases selected to provide a diversity of datasets, publication objectives, tools requirements and disciplinary areas.

We are interested in hearing from UCLA faculty with research data and a willingness to work collaboratively and iteratively with the project team. Interested researchers should contact Kelly Arruda (, x57856). We will set up a call in which we will ask you to describe your research interest and the role the data plays, the type and size of data, how “raw” or processed it is, if it has been previously visualized, and any other information that will give a clear snapshot of the data's purpose.

Submissions are due on or before September 9, 2015, and we expect to select the projects by September 30, 2015. Please feel free to share with other researchers.


IDRE-related Lectures, Seminars & Colloquia

Exporting SAS Data Sets and Creating ODS Files for Microsoft Excel

This workshop presents the most effective techniques for exporting SAS tables or procedure output from Base SAS into Excel spreadsheets. The course uses examples to show the basics of the SAS Excel LIBNAME engine, the EXPORT procedure, and ODS to create CSV, HTML, and XML files that can be opened by Excel. You will learn how to use the EXPORT procedure to create Microsoft Excel files from SAS tables, use the LIBNAME engine to create Microsoft Excel files from SAS tables, use ODS to create comma-separated-values files and HTML files for Microsoft Excel, and use ODS to create Spreadsheet Markup Language files for Microsoft Excel. This is a hands-on workshop. This workshop is available to UC researchers only. RSVP here. Monday, September 28, 2015 from 9:00 - 4:00 pm in CLICC Classroom C (320 Powell Library).

SAS Functions by Example

Ever spent valuable time writing complex code only to later find a function that would have done the job for you? Discover the plethora of practical SAS functions that you haven't seen in other SAS programming courses, and start resolving your everyday programming problems more quickly and efficiently. You will learn how to magically manipulate character data with ease, using PERL Regular Expression (PRX) and other amazing character functions, dominate datetime, date, and time values with the previously perplexing Date Interval functions, save programming time and reduce programmer frustration with array functions, easily compute descriptive statistics, including how to use the new SMALLEST and LARGEST functions, use mathematical and special functions to streamline your code, generate random numbers with ease, and manipulate the values in various variables with the new CALL SORTN and CALL SORTC routines. This is a hands-on workshop. RSVP here. Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from 9:00 - 4:00 pm in CLICC Classroom C (320 Powell Library).


IDRE-related Workshops & Events

3rd annual Mobility and Modern Web Conference (MMWCon)

The third annual Mobility and Modern Web Conference will take place September 16-18 2015 at the University of California, Los Angeles. Presented by the UCLA Office of Information Technology, in association with higher ed and corporate partners, it will feature two days of exciting sessions, followed by a day of hands-on workshops, covering the latest trends of mobile and the modern web.

Grant & Funding Opportunities

UCLA Office of Information Technology
Institute for Digital Research and Education
310-825-6635 |
5308 Math Sciences
Box 951557, Mail Code 155705
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1557

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