Announcing the RCD CM 2020 Community Data participation window

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 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!

We understand that many programs are strapped for resources right now, and may be challenged to make the time to complete this work. We are offering free office hours to answer your questions, as well as another workshop at PEARC20 for deeper discussion, to make it as easy as possible to complete the assessment. Especially when budgets are under pressure, programs need to make a strong case to their campus leadership for continued (if not increased) investment in Research Computing and Data programs; the RCD Capabilities Model can help to make this case, providing a common national framework for analysis and a baseline dataset for benchmarking relative to your peers.

Why should you complete and contribute your assessment? 

  • You are helping to build a community baseline for the state of RCD support.
  • Although we will share a high-level summary of this data with the broader community, only contributing institutions will have access to aggregated data for the detailed topics and individual questions.

When will the Community Data collection be available?

  • We anticipate having the collection available this Fall, within a month or so of the close of the participation period.

How can I learn more about the model, and how to use it?

What happens if we can’t meet the deadline? 

  • All institutions will continue to have access to the assessment tool, office hours, etc. Institutions will be able to request a copy throughout the year.
  • We will open a participation window once each year (generally from late spring through summer) for contributions, so if you miss the 2020 participation window, you can contribute to the 2021 collection.

Based upon feedback from the community, a reasonable frequency for completing the assessment is about every two years. Given this, institutions that contribute to the community data collection will have contributor access for the year they contribute and the year following. I.e., if you contribute by August 30, 2020, you will have contributor-level access to the 2020 Community Data collection, as well as the 2021 collection. If you have any questions, join us for office hours, or email capsmodel-help@carcc.org. Also, please encourage your peer institutions to learn about the RCD Capabilities Model, and contribute their assessment data.

Catch CaRCC at PEARC20!

The PEARC20 Virtual Conference (July 27-31) has posted the schedule that includes many great workshops, tutorials, presentations, and panels.  

Here are some of the CaRCC-related activities you won’t want to miss:

Join Us for July People Network Calls

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network virtual meetings. (For handy calendar entries please try the CaRCC Events Calendar.)

Data-Facing Track (first Tuesdays)

Tuesday, July 7, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

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.

Researcher-Facing Track (second Thursdays)

Thursday, July 9, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

Big Data, Big Compute Solutions, a community discussion

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RCD Capabilities Model Office Hours for Summer and Early Fall

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:

Thurs June 1811 a.m.-1 p.m. PT / 1-3 p.m. CT / 2-4 p.m. ET
Tues June 238 a.m.-10 a.m PT / 10 a.m.- Noon CT / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
Thurs July 1611 a.m.-1 p.m. PT / 1-3 p.m. CT / 2-4 p.m. ET
Tues July 218 a.m.-10 a.m PT / 10 a.m.- Noon CT / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
Thurs Aug 2011 a.m.-1 p.m. PT / 1-3 p.m. CT / 2-4 p.m. ET
Tues Aug 258 a.m.-10 a.m PT / 10 a.m.- Noon CT / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
Thurs Sept 1711 a.m.-1 p.m. PT / 1-3 p.m. CT / 2-4 p.m. ET
Tues Sept 228 a.m.-10 a.m PT / 10 a.m.- Noon CT / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET

Call Coordinates (Zoom):
Due to the recent trend in ZoomBombing, please contact the WG Chairs for the Zoom call information, and please include your name and affiliation.

People Network Meetings in June

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network virtual meetings. (For handy calendar entries, see the CaRCC Events Calendar.)

Researcher-Facing Track (second Thursdays)

Thursday, June 11th, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

Topic: How are we doing? A discussion on philosophies/culture, approaches, and tools for understanding creation of knowledge, metrics, and impact 

Our recent calls, from handling support requests via various tools/modes, to remote work for support/consultations and training, to working with your (remote) team in this unprecedented time, have been an unexpected but fruitful journey. This month we close the loop: from your overall efforts of the team — both internal- and external-facing work — and via processes and tools, what is your philosophy on and how are you measuring your activities and impact? What information do you gather around internal- or researcher-facing activities? Are you using approaches or tools that harness NLP, ML, or predictive analytics? And do you have specific goals that you strive towards? Join us and share. 

Emerging-Centers Track (third Wednesdays)

Wednesday, June 17, 12pm ET/ 11am CT/ 10am MT/ 9am PT/ 7am HT

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People Network Virtual Meetings in May!

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network virtual meetings.
(For handy calendar entries please try the CaRCC Events Calendar. NEW Zoom call details distributed via email!)

Special Multi-Track Call, May 20: Student Workers: Community Panel

Data-Facing Track, Emerging-Centers Track, Systems-Facing Track

Wednesday, May 20, 12pm ET/ 11am CT/ 10am MT/ 9am PT/ 7am HT
Note: The Data-Facing and Systems-Facing calls will NOT happen at their normal times in May; please join the joint call above instead.

Join us for a community panel on effectively incorporating student workers into research computing and data groups.  Topics will include: hiring, development, structuring student positions, work assignments, challenges, managing remote work, and training.  Bring your questions for the panelists.

Panelists: Amy Neeser (University of California Berkeley); Tony Elam (University of Kentucky); Colby Witherup Wood and Alper Kinaci (Northwestern University); Amy Work and Stephanie Labou (University of California San Diego); Betsy Hillery (Purdue University); Joanne Luciano (University of the Virgin Islands); Brian Haymore (University of Utah); Troy Baer (OSC)

Researcher-Facing Track (second Thursdays)

Thursday, May 14th, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

Title: Working with Your Team Remotely

Description: Let’s continue the discussion around remote support and how you make it work. This month, we’ll focus on how you work with your team – how have your collaboration objectives with your team shifted given our work-at-home reality? How effective have they been? What would you do differently? And what has surprised you?  Add your comments and questions to the call document in advance of the start of the meeting or anytime throughout the call!

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RCD Capabilities Model Office Hours

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! The next few Office Hours are scheduled for:

Wed April 1511 a.m.-1 p.m. PT / 1-3 p.m. CT / 2-4 p.m. ET
Fri April 178 a.m.-10 a.m PT / 10 a.m.- Noon CT / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
Fri May 111 a.m.-1 p.m. PT / 1-3 p.m. CT / 2-4 p.m. ET
Thu May 78 a.m.-10 a.m PT / 10 a.m.- Noon CT / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET

Call Coordinates (Zoom):
Due to the recent trend in ZoomBombing, please contact the WG Chairs for the Zoom call information, and please include your name and affiliation.

People Network Virtual Meetings in April

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network virtual meetings. (For handy calendar entries please try the CaRCC Events Calendar.)

Data-Facing Track (first Tuesdays)

Tuesday, April 7th, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

Data-facing work in XSEDE Extended Collaborative Support Services (ECSS), Sergiu Sanielevici (PSC)

Description: The Extended Collaborative Support Service (ECSS) improves the productivity of the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) user community through collaborations to optimize their applications, their work and data flows, and engages practitioners of disciplines that have not traditionally used advanced cyberinfrastructure (ACI). Novel & Innovative Projects (NIP) has the primary responsibility within ECSS for this latter task. NIP provides mentoring to help projects be successful and advice on the use of technologies such as virtual environments, machine learning, virtualization and containers. INIP is now focused on helping AI and “big data” projects on novel SP resources scheduled to enter production in 2020, including Bridges-2 at PSC and Expanse at SDSC.

Researcher-Facing Track (second Thursdays)

Thursday, April 9th, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

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People Network Virtual Meetings Update

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network virtual meetings.
(For handy calendar entries please try the CaRCC Events Calendar.)

Researcher-Facing Track (second Thursdays)

Thursday, March 12th, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

User support via Ask.CI and locales, a panel & community discussion

Description: We’ve explored various modalities for user support that all have the strengths and weaknesses. We’d like to focus this month on Ask.CI, a ‘StackOverFlow’-like site for research computing Q&A and discussion, and which can be localized for your organization while yet still remaining a part of the larger whole. Join us for what will be an interesting call on Ask.CI and how it has changed approaches to user support.

Emerging-Centers Track (third Wednesdays)

Wednesday, March 18th, 12pm ET/ 11am CT/ 10am MT/ 9am PT/ 7am HT

OpenOnDemand discussion, Alan Chalker

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Upcoming People Network Calls

Greetings to the CaRCC People Network and extended community! Below is the list of monthly track calls and topics (also visible in the CaRCC Events Calendar):

Researcher-Facing Track (second Thursdays)

Thurs, 2/13, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

Doing it in public: User support via Slack, open forums, Github repos and blogs, a panel and community discussion

Description: To address the increasing number of support requests in research computing, we need to leverage strategies to amplify our support efforts. One such strategy is to provide support in public environments like Slack, open forums, Github repos and blogs which allows consultants to answer questions once and encourage researchers to support each other. Please join us as we explore the benefits and pitfalls of this approach.

Emerging-Centers Track (third Wednesdays)

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