People Network and Other Community Calls in September

Greetings to all members of the CaRCC People Network! 

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network calls . For handy calendar entries, check out the CaRCC Events Calendar.

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 (1st Tuesdays)

Continuing Discussion on Artificial Intelligence
Tue. September 5, 1p ET/ 12a CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

In August, Dr. Shuyuan Mary Ho Metcalf provided a talk called “Artificial Intelligence: The Beginning and the End of Human Wisdom.” It prompted significant discussion, but the call ended before the discussion finished. The steering committee decided to continue the discussion in Sept. If you missed the August call or need a refresher, the recording is on YouTube.

Strategy and Policy-Facing Track (1st Wednesdays)

Research Resource Identifiers (RRIDs)
Wed. September 6, 12p ET/ 11a CT/ 10a MT/ 9a PT

RRIDs: Persistent Unique identifiers mark the things that are used in studies, key biological resources, and other important tools such as software tools, databases, core facilities, and now also instruments. These are used by various journals (primarily in biomedicine) to make searching for these things easier. The listing and use of the RRIDs has also allowed us to create AI tools that find papers where authors do not necessarily refer to the tool using the RRID, making it easier overall to find key resources.

Researcher-Facing Track (2nd Thursdays)

Supporting Humanities Researchers: roadblocks and opportunities.
Speakers: Scott Schopieray, College of Arts and Letter, Michigan State University; Moira Downey and Derek DeVries, NC State University Libraries
Thu. September 14, 1p ET/ 12a CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

In this session, Dave Godlove (Solutions Architect) will provide an update on the ongoing evolution of containers for HPC. We’ll discuss the transition from Singularity to Apptainer as a project supported by the Linux Foundation. Then we’ll turn attention to leveraging fake root permissions using the User namespace and running containers in “rootless mode”. We’ll also briefly discuss new recommendations for running containers in parallel and strategies for securing pre-built base containers. Finally, we will discuss  job orchestration for containers in HPC. This presentation will be followed by a community discussion.

Emerging Centers Track (3rd Wednesdays)

Cloud Bank and Jetstream – Affordable Cloud Services 
Wed. September 20, 12p ET/ 11a CT/ 10a MT/ 9a PT

Cloud services can be confusing, expensive, and hard for researchers and RCD professionals to navigate.  Join us this month to find out how Cloud Bank can help you simplify cloud access and save your researcher’s money.  We will also hear how Jetstream, the NSF’s research and science cloud, can provide cloud services at no cost to researchers

Systems-Facing Track (3rd Thursdays)

Topic TBA
Thu. September 21, 12p ET/ 11a CT/ 10a MT/ 9a PT

Details to be announced.  Watch for updated and additional information we will share via the CaRCC web site,  on the Systems-Facing Slack channel and via the People Network & Systems-Facing mailing lists.

CaRCC Interest Groups

Tue Sep 12th, 11a ET/ 8a PT (2nd Tuesdays): RCD Capabilities Model Office Hours.
Come and go as you please to learn how to get started with the Research Computing and Data Capabilities Model, discuss where you are in the process, make suggestions for improvements, and more!
Meeting coordinates: Zoom Session URL (Meeting ID: 381 654 7290; Passcode: carcc). Join the mailing list or send questions to

Tue Aug 8th, 2pm ET/ 11am PT (2nd Tuesdays): CaRCC RCD Student Workforce Development Interest Group.  Join us as we continue working on onboarding resources, beginning with the onboarding checklist. Plan on some lively discussion as we prioritize activities for RCD professionals and students generally. Discussions for onboarding Facing-specific roles to follow.

Join the Interest Group here to receive calendar events and Zoom details.

Additional Community Opportunities

Thu Sep 14th, 12p ET/ 9a PT (2nd Thursdays/2nd Fridays): US Research Software Engineers monthly community call. See for more information.

Mon 4p ET/ 1p PT (every Monday): OSG Consortium/PATh Project host weekly Campus Office Hours, Mondays at 3:00–3:30 pm US Central Time. Join any week. Zoom: For more information, please contact Christina Koch.
Wed Sep 13th, 2p ET/ 11a PT (2nd Wednesdays):Regulated Research Community of Practice (RRCoP) Community Discussions. Please use this Zoom link, and contact or Carolyn Ellis with any questions.

Zoom Details for CaRCC Calls

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.