People Network and Other Community Calls in November

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network and other community calls.

Did you know that the month of November has a Geography Awareness Week and a GIS Day? To celebrate the role of the RCD community in supporting geospatial work, the Data-Facing and Researcher-Facing track will have discussions dedicated to geographic awareness. Some other tracks will skip or reschedule this month, to avoid holidays or conferences (see below).

Also note a special cross-track call on REDCap, per recent interest and discussion within the People Network email list.

For handy calendar entries, try the CaRCC Events Calendar. If you’re not on our mailing lists, please fill out our Join the People Network form which will also invite you to join our Slack workspace.

Community-Organized Cross-Track Discussion on REDCap Deployments and Data Management

Mon Nov 6th, 12p ET/ 11a CT/ 10a MT/ 9a PT
Discussion Facilitated by: Maureen Donlin (SLU School of Medicine), Melissa Cragin (Rice University)
A few weeks back on the People Network, a member asked if anyone was using REDCap for non-health/medical data. This spawned a lively discussion and one member proposed and many agreed that it was worth organizing a discussion around REDCap. There will be 3-4 short talks on various aspects of REDCap Deployment and/or use. Everyone is welcome.

Strategy and Policy-Facing Track (1st Wednesdays)

Wed. Nov 1st, 12p ET/ 11a CT/ 10a MT/ 9a PT
Meetings recap: Fall CASC Meeting, Annual EDUCAUSE conference.
We’ll hear from folks who have gone to several fall meetings and conferences, including CASC, EDUCAUSE, Internet2 TechEx, and others. We’ve invited a few speakers to do lightning talks to make folks aware of the content and value of the event (but not a summary of presentations or agendas), with a focus on why folks attend (or send team members), and what they think the best thing is about each meeting/conference.

Data-Facing Track (1st Tuesdays)

Tue. Nov 7th, 1p ET/ 12a CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT
GIS Interview: Intro to GIS and Privacy Implications
Speaker: Matthew Toro, Arizona State University
This will be an interview with Matthew Toro from the ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub. Why is GIS data special anyway? Why can’t I just open it in Excel and start calculating? How does all this impact privacy in how GIS data is used? Come find out and ask your own questions with this interview style session!

Researcher-Facing Track (2nd Thursdays)

Thu. Nov 9th, 1p ET/ 12a CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT
GIS Talk: Geospatial Research and Advanced ComputingSpeaker: Shaowen Wang, Associate Dean for Life and Physical Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS). Professor of Geography & Geographic Information Science. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Emerging Centers Track (3rd Wednesdays)

The Emerging Centers track will be taking a break this month as our regularly scheduled call occurs in the middle of Supercomputing (SC23) conference.  Hope to see some of you in Denver!  Post in the Emerging Centers Slack channel if you will be attending.

Systems-Facing Track (3rd Thursdays)

No Call in November, due to conflicts with Supercomputing (SC23) conference. All track calls deferred until the new year, please stay tuned for updates regarding the January call.

CaRCC Interest Groups

Tue Nov 11th, 1p ET/ 10a 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

The RCD Staff and Student Workforce Development Interest Groups will not have a November call.  Join us on the December call where we’ll continue the staff onboarding discussion and work.

Additional Community Opportunities

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

No Educause Research Computing and Data Community Group (RCD CG) this month (calls occur on the 4th Thursdays of even months). Use the Educause Connect Portal for call details, via the preceding URL.

Wed Nov 8th, 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.

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.

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.