Stencila at UCLA

Nokome and I landed in LA at the end of last week - him from the rainy Pacific Northwest and me from OpenCon in Berlin. We got to break out our sunnies and met up at Documentand check out K-town’s coffee scene.

We’d first met Miriam Posner at csv,conf,v3 and were super excited to connect with her and others at the UCLA Center for Digital Humantites. Digital humanities students come from diverse backgrounds and data science skills are critical to student success. As we’ve heard from faculty in other fields, most students come to digital humanities projects with spreadsheet experience but many have not worked with programming languages in the past. At Stencila, we are thinking of this type of student as we design so hearing from faculty and digital humanities students is critical to our process.

Our feedback session sparked great conversation, and the features that were developed by the teams centered around easy summary statistics and data visualization tools. This type of feature has surfaced repeatedly on our trip, but was not really on our radar until now. Participant driven software design at work! As we synthesize the feedback from our trip, we’ll keep you posted on how we address this request.

After the session, we walked across the stunning UCLA campus and had a fun happy hour with UCLA researchers at a local bar.

Thanks UCLA - we’ll be in touch!