May 2024 People Network and Other RCD 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. As always, 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, join the People Network and join our Slack channels.

Finally, are you a newcomer to CaRCC or just want to learn how to get more involved? Join us tomorrow for our monthly Welcome to CaRCC event. It’s an informal presentation and conversation with anyone who wants to better understand everything CaRCC has to offer. Join us tomorrow, Thursday May 2 at 3:30pm ET/2:30pm CT/1:30pm MT/12:30pm PT. Please email for connection details.

CaRCC People Network Calls

Strategy and Policy-Facing Track (1st Wednesdays)
Wed 5/1, 12pm ET/ 11am CT/ 10am MT/ 9am PT/ 7am HT
Panel: Institutional Metadata

Speakers from the EDUCAUSE Core Data Service, the CaRCC Capabilities Model, and others (TBA) will discuss pending changes to several institutional metadata models including the new Carnegie Classification system, and how we use institutional metadata in various contexts.

Data-Facing Track (1st Tuesdays)
Tue 5/7, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT
Beyond the Business Case: Universally Designing the Workplace for Neurodiversity and Inclusion

In recent years, organizations have begun to recognize the importance of equal employment opportunities and experiences for those across the neurodiversity spectrum. This talk will provide an overview of the neurodiversity movement and its potential impacts in the workplace. Following a brief overview of the neurodiversity movement, we will discuss strategies for ensuring that neurodivergent employees are not only represented at work, but also feel that they are valued members of their workplace. Drawing from principles of universal design, we will discuss changes to the workplace that could benefit all employees, regardless of where they fall on the neurodiversity spectrum.

Researcher-Facing Track (2nd Thursdays)
Thu 5/9, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT
Open On Demand: Improvements and Recent developments 

To contribute to Accessibility Month, developers and users of the Open OnDemand HPC web portal will discuss ways to improve accessibility to HPC resources, both for research and teaching. Recent developments within the Open OnDemand infrastructure will also be discussed. 

Emerging Centers Track (3rd Wednesdays)
Wed 5/15, 12p ET/ 11a CT/ 10a MT/ 9a PT/ 7a HT
Open Science Grid capabilities for Emerging Centers (in cooperation with Researcher-Facing March call)

Tim Cartright and Christina Koch from Open Science Grid join the Emerging Centers track to discuss what OSG and PATh services can do for campus Research Computing and Data groups including what kind of resources are available, how to guide your researchers to appropriate resources, and what contributing to OSG/OSpool resources from a campus requires and what the benefits are. We’ll discuss the capabilities of the OSG services and how to get started with using them, and what sort of support is available for Emerging Centers. Christina joined the Research-Facing call for March, so you may want to check out that call recording at: 

Systems-Facing Track (3rd Thursdays)
Thu 5/16, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT
Energy and Sciences Network (ESNET) presenting on PerfSONAR

perfSONAR is an infrastructure for network performance monitoring, making it easier to solve end-to-end performance problems on paths crossing several networks. It contains a set of services delivering performance measurements in a federated environment. perfSONAR has been developed through an international collaboration led by ESnet, Indiana University, Internet2, the University of Michigan, and GEANT.

Ken Miller, Computer Systems Engineer, ESnet, will provide an overview of how perfSONAR is used to support the work of research system administrators, as well as updates and features that may be relevant to this community.

Additional Community Opportunities

Tue 5/9, 11a ET/ 8a PT (2nd Tuesdays): RCD Capabilities Model Office Hours – come and go as you please. 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 your suggestions for improvements. Zoom Session URL (Meeting ID: 381 654 7290; Passcode: carcc). Join the mailing list or send questions to

Tue 5/14, 2p ET/ 1p CT/ 12p MT/ 11a PT (2nd Tuesdays) RCD Staff and Student Workforce Development Interest Groups:  How do you increase the hiring pool for students and staff for Research Computing and Data positions?  This month, we’ll hear from individuals in institutional diversity programs and institutional HR representatives on their guidance and strategies for diversifying hiring pools.  Bring your successful approaches, things that haven’t worked, and the challenges you face in attracting a good pool of candidates for your open positions. The goal of this session is to identify strategies and practical actions that RCD program personnel can take back to their institutions to help to attract good candidates for open positions. Zoom Session URL (Meeting ID: 867 2543 9159 passcode 165236). Join the Interest Group mailing list.

Thu 5/9, 12p ET/ 9a PT (2nd Thursdays/2nd Fridays): US Research Software Engineers monthly community call. See for more information.

Mondays 4p ET/ 3p CT/ 2p MT/ 1p PT (every Monday): The OSG Consortium and NSF PATh host weekly Campus Office Hours. Zoom: For more information, please contact Christina Koch.

Wed 5/8, 2p ET/ 11a PT (2nd Wednesdays): Regulated Research Community of Practice (RRCoP) Community Discussions. May: Pentesting Our Enclave by University of Maryland and Insights from Our Internal Audit by Princeton University. Please use this Zoom link, and contact or Carolyn Ellis with any questions.

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.