Thursday, December 10, 1-2:30pm ET / 12-1:30pm CT / 11am-12:30pm MT / 10-11:30am PT
We’ll use the usual Zoom room, and Zoom’s new support for self-select breakout rooms, with rooms designated for following topics: Main Room: Greetings, Hors D’oeuvres, and Games; SC After-Party; People Network Brainstorm (share your ideas!); All About CaRCC Working and Interest Groups.
Make sure you’ve updated your Zoom client since September 21 (to version 5.3.0 or higher).
Creating a standard Vocabulary: the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS)
David Anderson from the National Library of Medicine will present on the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS). The UMLS is a set of files and software that brings together many health and biomedical vocabularies and standards to enable interoperability between computer systems. David will provide a basic overview of the UMLS including its history and use cases.
You will not want to miss this call! The NSF CC* program is a perfect program for emerging centers to begin developing their research partnerships and center resources.
Kevin L. Thompson, NSF CISE/OAC and Deepankar (Deep) Medhi, NSF CISE/CNS, will share information about the recently released CC* Program solicitation and answer any questions you may have. Jen Schopf, Director of EPOC, will then answer some commonly asked questions that EPOC has heard from previous submitters to the CC* program. She will briefly explain how the EPOC program experts can assist you in the development of your proposal.
We encourage previous recipients of the award to share any lessons learned or tips and tricks for developing a successful proposal.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network virtual meetings. (For handy calendar entries, try the CaRCC Events Calendar.)
CaRCC End-Of-Year Party (Save the date!)
Thursday, December 10, 1-2:30pm ET / 12-1:30pm CT / 11am-12:30pm MT / 10-11:30am PT
We’ll use Zoom’s new support for self-select breakout rooms, with rooms designated for several topics, including opportunities to learn about and get involved with CaRCC Working Groups and People Network engagement, and a room for an SC20 ‘after-party’ discussion. Make sure you’ve recently updated your Zoom client (to version 5.3.0 or higher) to take full advantage.
This month is a check-in discussion about teaching research data skills remotely 6+ months into the effort. What have you learned about teaching R, Python, SQL, and other data programming languages and skills online? What resources (technical and people) are required to be successful? What have you changed from your initial efforts? How have your experiences influenced your thinking about workshops and training for the future? What training do you provide other than live workshops? Any experiments in remote formats? We’ll have a panel of folks willing to briefly share their experiences, but there will also be an open discussion time to share ideas and resources and ask questions.
Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs) are a digital tool to help address the increasing concerns around data. Researchers are concerned about reproducibility and granting agencies are concerned about data management and availability. Labs are also collaborating with people around the world. Paper just doesn’t cut it anymore. With ELNs, researchers can capture notes about their experiments and attach the generated data files directly to them. Then, they can give their collaborators access to the data by sharing the notebook with them. Plus, many notebooks allow for metadata generation and have advanced search capabilities, something that paper notebooks cannot do.
Join us to hear about the general concept of ELNs, some of the popular products on the market today, what supporting them looks like, and a bit about how to obtain one for your university.
An Institution-wide Examination of Data Needs: NSF EPOC Deep Dive at the University of Cincinnati
The Engagement and Performance Operations Center: Overview and Opportunities. The Engagement and Performance Operations Center (EPOC), funded by the US National Science Foundation, is a collaborative focal point for operational expertise and analysis jointly lead by Indiana University (IU) and the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet). The Center enables researchers to routinely, reliably, and robustly transfer data through a holistic approach to understanding the full pipeline of data movement to better support collaborative science. Through its measurement and monitoring work, as well as associated service advice and training, it brings together multiple knowledgeable and experienced science engagement teams.
A University’s Point of View. The University of Cincinnati was fortunate to be one of the first EPOC Deep Dive locations. We will 1) share the process we used to collect the data/case studies from the researchers before the onsite visit from EPOC, 2) the two-day visit with the EPOC team and 3) outcomes, challenges and opportunities for implementation of the recommendations.
Thanks to all the attendees and participants in the Capabilities Model activities at PEARC this year!
Following the CaRCC Town Hall, the Caps Model paper presentation, and the full-day Capabilities Model workshop, we had an overwhelming number of new downloads for the tool. Because of this and the feedback from those institutions already working through the Model, we are extending the data submission deadline to September 27, 2020. We hope the extra time will allow everyone to complete the Model and meet the 2020 community data submission deadline.
For August, we’ll do something a little different, with two opportunities for cross-track conversation. (These are in lieu of track-specific calls, which are otherwise canceled for August.)
PEARC20 After-Party: August 4th @ 1:00pm-2:00pm ET
(at the usual Data-Facing track meeting time)
Be sure to join at the top of the hour to finalize topic-based breakout rooms. We’ll use a Blackboard Collaborate session, which has a feature for breakout rooms that participants can move between, freely. Potential breakout topics suggested by our track coordinators are listed below:
New Applications Tech
New Systems/Services Tech
Communicating about RCD Resources
Review of Sessions about CaRCC Activities
Happy Hour (whatever that means to you)
The Blackboard Collaborate session and a Google Doc for notes have been shared via email to the entire People Network, as well as a calendar invite. If you did not receive these and would like to join the call, please contact email@example.com
Service Models for Researcher-Purchased Computing and Storage: August 20th @ 1:00pm-2:30pm ET
(at the usual Systems-Facing track meeting time)
Description: The term “condo” is an umbrella term for an increasingly common family of service models for research computing and data storage in higher education. However, the way this design pattern manifests can vary greatly from one institution to another, and there’s no single answer for the right way to implement computing and data capacity for-purchase. The purpose of this call will be to discuss approaches to researcher-purchased capacity from a variety of perspectives, including systems professionals, support and facilitation professionals, researchers, and other stakeholders. Discussion areas will include ownership models, funding and purchase strategies, user experience/policy considerations, hosting and operational support, etc. Discussion will consist of a panel format with a series of short site introductions by representatives of diverse service models, followed by a longer Q&A. To accommodate the multiple perspectives and facets, this call will be 90 minutes long.
Zoom coordinates (usual) have been distributed via email to the People Network email list, or can be requested via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Version 1.0 of the Research Computing and Data Capabilities Model (RCDCM) was released in Spring of 2020. We will aggregate contributed assessment data from the community, and make this available in the Fall. If you complete an institutional assessment and contribute your results to the 2020 Community Data collection by August 30 (deadline extended to September 27) you will get access to the detailed version of the data, allowing you to benchmark your institution’s program relative to peer institutions.
We know there is broad interest in having a community dataset. 88% of the institutions who have requested to use the Assessment tool listed “Benchmarking of current service offerings” as an intended use of the model. Users of the model are fairly diverse: as of early summer, there are over 70 institutions representing 32 states, both public and private, and a mix of R1s, R2s, and institutions with emerging research programs. As more institutions participate, the more useful the Community Cata collection becomes!
What data to keep? — Making decisions about confocal microscopy data
Presenters: Huajin Wang, Librarian/ Program Director for Open Science & Data Collaborations, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries and Susan Ivey, Research Data & Infrastructure Librarian, NC State University Libraries
As the quantity and volume of data produced by research increases exponentially, it has become increasingly challenging to preserve and reproduce data. Traditionally, researchers have often created their own workflows and their own data storage solutions, but this is no longer sustainable, making collaborations and data sharing challenging. On the other hand, data librarians are tasked with helping researchers share and preserve their data, but understanding specific types of data and how to maximize reuse can be difficult. Large and complex data exist in a variety of disciplinary areas, and one example is confocal microscopy data. In April 2019, the Data Curation Network held their 2nd Data Curators Workshop at Johns Hopkins University. Susan Ivey, Amy Koshoffer, Gretchen Sneff, and Huajin Wang formed a group to address many of these issues associated with confocal microscopy data. During this July’s Data-Facing Call, we’ll go into detail about common workflow and challenges that researchers face when working with confocal microscopy data and give an overview of our “Confocal Microscopy Data: A Primer for Curators,” which we created to help those tasked with curating this type of data. We’ll also present some of the use cases that we used to inform this work and invite the audience to think about how to best preserve and share these data.
Have questions about how to get started with the Research Computing and Data Capabilities Model? Or are you already working with it and just want to discuss the process, or a particular aspect of the assessment tool? Join working group members at one of our upcoming Office Hours to get help, ask your questions, and share your experiences! Office Hours for Summer and into Fall are scheduled for: