Renku is a platform that bundles together various tools for reproducible and collaborative data analysis projects. It is aimed at independent researchers and data scientists as well as labs, collaborations, and courses and workshops. Renku can be used by anyone who deals with data, whether they are a researcher, data analyst, project owner, or data provider.

Renku promotes reproducibility by providing tools to track your analysis workflows and save them together with your versioned data, code, and environment specification. Every result can be replayed either to repeat a calculation or to re-execute on new data or with a different choice of parameters.

Renku encourages reusability by storing and querying the connections between datasets, code executions, and results in a Knowledge Graph. Producers and consumers of analysis artifacts can always recover the full provenance of a result, establishing trust and reducing boilerplate.

Renku stimulates collaboration among peers and across disciplines by guaranteeing that a media-rich discussion space and fully configured, shareable interactive computational environments are always just a click away. Collaborators can easily work on projects together or in parallel, combining their work in a systematic and safe manner.

Graduate Center Digital Initiatives (GCDI)

Graduate Center Digital Initiatives (GCDI) builds and sustains an active community around the shared idea of a “Digital GC,” where scholars and technologists explore new modes of inquiry that thoughtfully integrate digital tools and methods into the research, teaching, and service missions of the institution.

Comprised of a constellation of centers and labs, initiatives, and academic programs and a tightly knit group of fellows, faculty, and staff, GCDI creates programming and resources that can benefit anyone at the Graduate Center. We offer events and workshops, drop-in office hours, faculty consultations, working groups, week-long institutes, Monday Maker Hours, and Python Users’ Group (PUG) meetings that are open to the entire community. Our websites offer valuable resources and updates about the many opportunities there are to be part of the #DigitalGC.

Our activities, and the activities of our institutional partners, take place in a variety of spaces, including labs and centers. Our newest addition, the GC Maker Space, is part of the GC Digital Scholarship Lab, and we are in the planning stages of a forthcoming CUNY Center for Digital Scholarship and Data Visualization funded by a CUNY 2020 grant.

A leader in digital humanities, GCDI creates research and projects –including the CUNY Academic Commons, Commons In A Box (CBOX), Social Paper, DH Box, Manifold Scholarship, Beyond Citation–that have been supported by public and private grants. Students in academic programs associated with GCDI enjoy the benefit of hands-on experience with long-standing digital humanities scholars and projects, such as the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy.