People Network Calls in February

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network calls (Zoom details via email). 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.

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

Data-Facing Track & Systems-Facing Track Joint Call

Towards a Data Commons​ at Harvard
Thu 2/16, 1p ET/12p CT/11a MT/10a PT/8a HT (NOTE THE DIFFERENT DATE for Data-Facing!)
Presented by:
– Mahmood Shad, Associate Director of RSE | University Research Computing | Harvard University
– Emre Keskin, Harvard University Research Data Officer
For over two years, a collaborative team from divisions and schools across Harvard University has been pursuing the idea of a “Digital Scholarship Ecosystem” to support the lifecycle of research at Harvard. The Harvard Data Commons (HDC) vision is to improve the researcher experience by automating the flow of research data from research computing environments to management, publication, discovery, and preservation environments. As a result, data integrity, provenance, and reproducibility of research data will be improved in order to meet sponsor requirements. In this talk, we will present HDC’s progress toward its major objectives and our vision for the future.

Strategy and Policy-Facing Track (1st Wednesdays)

Exploring factors that impact RCD strategy
Wed 2/1  – 12p ET/11a CT/10a MT/9a PT/ 7a HT
What programmatic and institutional characteristics affect how you make strategic decisions for your RCD program? We’ll hear from four RCD programs and then open a discussion on what’s similar and what’s not, and what the key factors seem to be. Is your program fully funded, are you self-supporting, or somewhere in-between? Do you have soft funding or core funding or a mix of both? Are you a centrally organized group or part of a partnership of service providers? How do your answers help determine what your programmatic priorities are and how you approach strategy? 
We plan for  this conversation to be the first in a series of meetings where we can look at factors important for growth and development of your program at your institution.

Researcher-Facing Track (2nd Thursdays)
ACCESS Support Empowers Your Needs
Thu 2/9, 1p ET/12p CT/11a MT/10a PT/8a HT
Curious about what ACCESS Support can provide you and your students? From curious beginners to advanced users, come join Alana Romanella for a casual presentation (with plenty of time for Q&A) about how ACCESS (Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem: Services & Support) Support can be leveraged. ACCESS Support utilizes a network of resources around the country to make pairing researchers with the appropriate resources faster and more efficient, provides continuous support through a national ticketing system, the Support Knowledge Base, MATCH Plus and MATCH Premier, training events, and engagements via the Computational Science Support Network (CSSN) (to name just a few highlights!). 

Emerging Centers Track (Joint with EDUCAUSE RCD group)

Supporting Researchers with the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy
Thu 2/23, 1p ET/12p CT/11a MT/10a PT/8a HT (NOTE THE DIFFERENT DATE/TIME/ZOOM!)
The NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy goes into effect on January 25th, 2023, and researchers have already submitted their first proposals subject to this new requirement. In this call, representatives from Duke University and Northwestern University will discuss what these institutions have done to prepare. Jackie Milhans, Director of Research Computing and Data at Northwestern, will discuss strategies for mobilizing university leadership to address this issue, and Tobin Magle, Lead Data Management Specialist, will address how library and IT staff are working together with top-down and bottom-up approaches to help researchers comply with this new requirement. Senior Research Data Management Consultants Sophia Lafferty-Hess and Jen Darragh will provide an overview of Duke University Libraries’ programs supporting data driven research and discuss collaborative efforts with other campus units and summarize the policy impact on Duke’s research data support in the brief period since the January 25th effective date, and into the future.

Additional Community Opportunities

Thu 2/10, 2p ET/11a PT (2nd Thursdays/2nd Fridays): US Research Software Engineers monthly community call. See for more information.

CaRCC Calls and Zoom

All calls will take place within a Zoom room communicated via email. Please help us keep these details secure (non-public), but feel free to share with a colleague.