October 2022: Upcoming CaRCC People Network & Community Calls

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network calls (Zoom details at the end). For handy calendar entries, try the CaRCC Events Calendar. We also highlight other calls from our RCD Ecosystem partners and collaborators, as these events touch many, if not all, in our community.

We’d also like to announce our new Strategy & Policy-facing Track! Many months in the works, this track is coordinated by Melissa Cragin (SDSC/UCSD) and Patrick Schmitz (Semper Cogito), and already has a robust steering committee. Many thanks to these volunteers for stepping forward, and we hope you will join us when the track has its inaugural call on Wed 10/5 at 12p.

If you’re not on our mailing lists, please fill out our Join the People Network form and join our Slack channels.

CaRCC People Network Calls

Data-Facing Track (first Tuesdays)
Teaching Research Data Management (RDM) to Students. Panel: Megan O’Donnell, Clara Llebot Lorente, Dessislava Kirilova, and Venice Bayrd 
Tue 10/4, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

Research Data Management (RDM) skills have become more and more important as funding agencies have increased scrutiny on data management plans and begun nudging FAIR guidelines and other best practices. However, RDM skills training may not be an integrated part of many graduate research curriculums. Panelists from the CaRCC community will participate in  a facilitated discussion highlighting their experiences teaching RDM. Topics will include:

  • What kinds of successful instruction formats and strategies have you used in teaching graduate students about research data management?
  • What has been the biggest challenge you have dealt with in relation to training and teaching RDM?
  • How do you address the IT component of data management? E.G. policies, security, storage, access, movement, backup.  
  • What are some of the data curation decision points that impact/intersect with Research IT resources, either in the data management planning process, or elsewhere in the research data lifecycle?
  • How do data repositories, and data set curation, impact graduate students? 
  • How do you assess the impact of RDM instruction and guidance on grad students?
  • How can/do libraries work with domain repositories?

Strategy and Policy-Facing Track (First Wednesdays)
Kickoff and Brainstorming Topics for the New Track
Wed 10/5, 12p ET/ 11a CT/ 10a MT/ 9a PT

Welcome everyone to this new track and our Strategy and Policy-Facing community! We’ll discuss our ideas for the track, and ask for your input on what would be of greatest interest and value to you. The co-coordinators and a number of our steering committee members will join in this discussion.

Researcher-Facing Track (second Thursdays)
Research Data Storage: A SWOT Analysis

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

The quickly disappearing option of “unlimited data storage” services along with licensing shifts in major storage and sharing platforms are causing some to rethink their research storage strategies. In our October call we will examine how this evolution is shifting our understanding of what researchers need, how to protect data, and how to provide these services throughout the research lifecycle. 

Emerging Centers Track (third Wednesdays)
The Cultural Fit between Research and Enterprise IT: Poll-guided Discussion
Wed 10/19, 12p ET/ 11a CT/ 10a MT/ 9a PT

The Emerging Centers Steering committee will be polling the track on where individual organizations fit within the overall institution: do you report to Research, IT, Libraries, or some other group? How does your organization relate to Enterprise IT?  What are your stakeholders and who are the champions within your institution?  We’ll discuss all of these and if there’s a possibility of developing a glossary to help translate across the divide.

Systems-Facing Track (Third Thursdays)
Identifying “core/common skills” that a Novice RCD Systems Focused IT professional should prioritize developing as they start their career. – Part 2, Discussion lead by: Betsy Hillery – Purdue, Brian Haymore – University of Utah
Thu 10/20, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

This month we will review the findings from the August Meeting – Identifying Requirements for Early Career PT/FT RCD Systems Focused IT.  In the August meeting, we identified skills individuals should have in hand as they look to become professional RCD Systems Admins. This month’s meeting will focus on understanding what “core competencies” and expertise a newly hired Novice RCD Systems Focused IT professional should develop. Some ideas to think about in advance: 

  • What skills, outside of “core competencies,” are most important for your organization?·      
  • What skills and attributes would likely result in this newly hired professional achieving a high level of success in the work environment and recognition by the team and management?

Additional Community Calls:

Fri 10/14 at 2p ET/ 11a PT (2nd Thursdays/2nd Fridays): US Research Software Engineers monthly community call. See https://us-rse.org/calendar/ for more information.

Wed 10/26 at 12p ET/ 9a PT (4th Wednesdays): EDUCAUSE Cloud Computing Community Group will have its monthly community call. See the discussions within EDUCAUSE Connect (or join the group to get email announcements) for more information. 

CaRCC Calls and Zoom:

Members of the People Network email list receive the above information and reminders, including Zoom room details. Please contact help@carcc.org if you are interested in joining a meeting and don’t have access to the Zoom room; and Join the People Network.

CaRCC and the People Network

The CaRCC (Campus Research Computing Consortium) People Network, aims “to foster, build and grow an inclusive community (termed the ‘People Network’) for campus CI, research computing and data professionals.” If you have received this email NOT via CaRCC’s People Network, and you would like to join the People Network, which includes Researcher-facing, Data-facing, Systems-facing, Emerging-Centers, and other tracks, please fill in our mailing list request form and join us on Slack!

Interested members of the People Network need not subscribe to a particular track to participate in calls. Additional details for track members, including notes documents and any pre-call activities, will be distributed ahead of the call via the email lists and other communication channels within each track.