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About Our Organization

The Mission

The OCF is an all-volunteer, student-run, student-initiated service group dedicated to free computing for all University of California at Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. The mission of the OCF is to provide an environment where no member of Berkeley's campus community is denied the computer resources he or she seeks, and to appeal to all members of the Berkeley campus community with unsatisfied computing needs and to provide a place for those interested in computing to fully explore that interest.

The Official Documents

The Postal Address

Open Computing Facility
6A Hearst Gym #4520
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-4520

What We Do

The Open Computing Facility provides free computing services to student, faculty, and staff, ranging from free printing to expiration-free web space to Unix shell accounts to email. Furthermore, the OCF operates a highly frequented long-hours computing lab with a generally high volunteer-staff-to-user ratio for accessible in-person support, as well as online support. In addition to these user services, the group also hosts numerous student group websites, and provides support to these and other organizations on campus.

To be able to do this, we are always aiming to secure more resources to fully meet the needs of everyone in the campus community. Our primary resources are our GNU/Linux workstations and servers, entirely administered by student volunteers. These resources are located within our computing lab in the basement of Hearst Gym.

To help people explore the field of computing and educate them about the resources available, the OCF also provides a variety of educational services. We used to co-sponsor a series of Help Sessions, short classes taught throughout the semester on a wide range of computing topics, from beginner to advanced levels, and focusing on resources available to the Berkeley campus community. These now take the form of DeCal courses offered by us. We also offer e-mail and in-person consulting with our volunteer staff members, as well as online sources of information about computing on the Berkeley campus and how to use the available resources. Additionally, the OCF has conducted career fairs in the past with its sister organization, the Computer Science Undergraduate Association.

Policies for this cluster and decisions for the OCF organization are made by the OCF Board of Directors, a group of students elected each semester by the OCF membership. The Board meetings, held at least once every two weeks when classes are in session, are open to the public and provide a chance for any user to express their concerns or opinions about the OCF.

How to Find Us

The OCF is located in the basement of Hearst Gym (see map). Normal hours are Monday through Friday 9AM - 6PM, Saturday 11AM - 6PM, and Sunday 12PM - 5PM.

If you need to contact OCF staff members, you may send email.

The Open Computing Facility is a student group acting independently of the University of California. We take full responsibility for our organization and this website.