July People Network/RCD Community Calls and RCD Survey

Greetings, members of the Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRCC) People Network and beyond! 

Before you mark your calendars, I want to make sure you saw the opportunity to participate in a study of the Research Computing and Data Workforce.  Please also share this with others on your teams and relevant communities: 

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network Calls. For handy calendar entries, please try the CaRCC Events Calendar.

We’d also like to highlight other calls from our RCD Ecosystem partners and collaborators, as these events touch many, if not all, in our community.

Finally, we have brief information about CaRCC and the People Network. If you’re not on our mailing lists, please fill out our Join the People Network form

CaRCC People Network Calls:

Data-Facing Track (first Tuesdays)

Digital Preservation and Access at Scale: Managing the HathiTrust Digital Library, discussion facilitated by Aaron Elkiss (HathiTrust)

Tue, July 6, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT/ 8a HT

Founded in 2008, HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items comprising over 1PB of digitized images and OCR text. HathiTrust offers reading access to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law, computational access to the entire corpus for scholarly research, and other emerging services based on the combined collection. This presentation will give an overview of HathiTrust, the data we hold, and the services we provide. It will then describe our storage architecture, our workflows for managing data coming into the repository, our strategies for ensuring long-term preservation of this material, and conclude with some of the unmet challenges of data management that HathiTrust faces.

Researcher-Facing Track (second Thursdays)

Building Teams with Graduate Student Research Facilitators

Thur, July 8, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT/ 8a HT

There are many approaches to building teams to work directly with researchers in order to facilitate their data and computing needs. One approach is to hire graduate student consultants who are situated as researchers themselves in specific domains. Please join us for a presentation from Northwestern University and the University of California Berkeley, two universities who take this approach. First we will hear from an organizational perspective and then directly from grad students who are on these teams about the types of projects students work on, defining the work and setting expectations with faculty, recruitment and hiring, and securing funding.  

Presenters: 

  • Heather Amato, University of California Berkeley
  • Amy Neeser, University of California Berkeley 
  • Dan Turner, Northwestern University
  • Colby Witherup Wood, Northwestern University
Emerging Centers Track (third Wednesdays)

We will pause for the month of July for the PEARC21 Conference, July 19 – 22. 

Systems-Facing Track (third Thursdays)

We will pause for the month of July for the PEARC21 Conference, July 19 – 22. 

And please also note these additional community opportunities (in no particular order):

RCD Capabilities Model Office Hours:  July 14, 11am ET and July 27, 2pm ET (2nd Wednesdays 11am ET and 4th Tuesdays at 2pm ET)

July 1, 1pm ET: Internet2 Community Voices Series: Sustaining Integrated Solutions for Accelerating Science with Science Gateways with Sandra Gesing, Marlong Pierce, Mike Zentner, Kyle Chard, and Nancy Maron. 

July 8, 12pm ET: US Research Software Engineers Monthly Community Call. Please see the Get Involved page for more information.

July 15, 3pm ET, Xpert Network Panel: Best practices for Computational and Data-intensive (CDI) Research. 

July 16, 2021, 2pm ET, CI Engineering Lunch & Learn:: University of Michigan Software Interns – “Developing perfSONAR plugins with pScheduler’s Plugin Development Kit & Latency in the cloud: OWAMP & NATs”

July 19-22: PEARC21 Virtual Conference 

July 27, 2pm ET: IAM Online: CILogon: Your Researchers’ Link to Cyberinfrastructure Resources with Jim Basney, NCSA.

General Track Call Information:

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.

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.

All calls will take place within the same Zoom room distributed via email. Please join the People Network (link just above) or contact help@carcc.org for details.

June Line-up of CaRCC People Network and RCD Community Calls

Greetings Community!

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming People Network Track calls for the month of May, with Zoom details below. For handy calendar entries, please try the CaRCC Events Calendar.

We’d also like to highlight a number of calls from our RCD Ecosystem partners and collaborators, as these events touch many, if not all, in our community.

Data-Facing Track (first Tuesdays)

Tuesday, June 1st, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

Open Science Framework Integrations discussion facilitated by Eric Olson, Center for Open Science.

Eric Olson of the Center for Open Science will discuss the Open Science Framework and new integrations with the framework. The OSF is a free, open platform to support your research and enables collaboration, data management and sharing. The goal is to meet researchers where they work. Third party integrations enable researchers to work in other platforms such as Google Drive, Box, or Dropbox, and connect all the project related content under one resource. New integrations for tools such as OneDrive for Business will be released soon.

Please note that the HathiTrust talk has been rescheduled for July.

Researcher-Facing Track (second Thursdays)

We will pause for the month of June for the 2021 Virtual Residency Summer Workshop for Research Computing Facilitation, June 7 – 11. Sessions cover introductory to advanced topics, one need not attend all sessions, and registration is free. We encourage all to attend.

Emerging Centers Track (third Wednesdays)

Wednesday, June 16th, 12pm ET/ 11am CT/ 10am MT/ 9am PT/ 7am HT

Speak above the noise. In the age of over communication via many channels, one common need among research service providers, particularly Research Computing Centers, is reaching their audience and getting the word out that their services exist.  At the June EC call, we will have an interactive brainstorming session identifying the best communication channels, best delivery methods (slides, handouts, webinars…) and key items which should be included in communication materials that are used to provide the first communication to faculty, students and administrators to familiarize them with research computing resources available at our institutions.  The outcome of this session will provide inputs to the PEARC ’21 Workshop:  Refining Your Research Computing Pitch, discussion facilitated by Jane Combs, Rich Knepper

Systems-Facing Track (third Thursdays)

Thursday, June 17th, 11a ET/ 10a CT/ 9a MT/ 8a PT  << NOTE TIME CHANGE FOR JUNE!!

Two unique approaches to developing CUI Compliant Systems, discussion facilitated by Carolyn Ellis, Purdue University; and Erik Deumens, University of Florida

Carolyn Ellis from Purdue University and Erik Deumens of the University of Florida will present on their unique approaches to the challenges of supporting controlled unclassified information (CUI) in their respective academic setting.

And please also note these additional community opportunities (in no particular order):

June 7th – 11th: The 2021 Virtual Residency Introductory/Intermediate/Advanced Workshop. We highly recommend this free, excellent, in-person and virtual conference for anyone interesting in RCD facilitation skills. And also as many in the community who attend and participate in researcher-facing calls are presenters and contributors. There’s NO PREREQUISITE other than an interest in helping researchers with their computing-intensive/data-intensive research. Registration is now open.

 June 24th, 1p ET / 12p CT / 11a MT / 10a PT, EDUCAUSE RCD June Open Call. For more information on the RCD group and joining this and future calls, please see the Research Computing and Data Community Group web page

June 22nd, 11a PT/ 12p MT/ 1p CT/ 2p ET  (4th Tue each month) & 2nd  Wed 8a PT/ 9a MT/ 10a CT/ 11a ET: Office Hours for The Research Computing and Data Capabilities Model. Have questions about how to get started Or are you already working with it and just want to discuss the process, or a particular aspect of the assessment tool? Join us to get help, ask your questions, and share your experiences!

June 10th, 12p: US Research Software Engineers Monthly Community Call. Please see the Get Involved page for more information.

General Track Call Information

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.

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 would like to join the People Network, which includes Researcher-facing, Data-facing, Systems-facing, and other tracks, please fill in the form at http://bit.ly/join_carcc_people_network.

All calls will take place within the same Zoom room distributed via email. Please join the People Network (link just above) or contact help@carcc.org for details.

May 2021 People Network Calls

Greetings, everyone. We hope your Spring is groing well thus far on this last day of April.

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming People Network Track calls for the month of May, with Zoom details below. For handy calendar entries, please try the CaRCC Events Calendar.

Data-Facing Track (first Tuesdays)

Data Feminism: A discussion of Intersectional Data, discussion facilitated by Professor Catherine D’Ignazio

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

As data are increasingly mobilized in the service of governments and corporations, their unequal conditions of production, their asymmetrical methods of application, and their unequal effects on both individuals and groups have become increasingly difficult for data scientists–and others who rely on data in their work–to ignore. But it is precisely this power that makes it worth asking: “Data science by whom? Data science for whom? Data science with whose interests in mind?” These are some of the questions that emerge from what we call data feminism, a way of thinking about data science and its communication that is informed by the past several decades of intersectional feminist activism and critical thought. Illustrating data feminism in action, this talk will show how challenges to the male/female binary can help to challenge other hierarchical (and empirically wrong) classification systems; it will explain how an understanding of emotion can expand our ideas about effective data visualization; how the concept of invisible labor can expose the significant human efforts required by our automated systems; and why the data never, ever “speak for themselves.” The goal of this talk, as with the project of data feminism, is to model how scholarship can be transformed into action: how feminist thinking can be operationalized in order to imagine more ethical and equitable data practices.

Researcher-Facing Track (second Thursdays)

Workflow Tools for Portable, Reproducible Data Analysis

Thursday, May 13 at 1pm ET/ 12pm CT/ 11am MT/ 10am PT/ 7am HST

Workflow managers are tools that can be used to orchestrate steps in data preparation, analyses, and visualization that can be deployed on local computers, HPC/HTC clusters, and cloud environments. These steps can be formalized as pipelines, made reproducible, and used to scale. As the landscape continues to mature, join us for a discussion on the current state of these systems and how these will help your research. After an introduction to workflow standards and tools, including reasons for using them, our speakers will present several use cases in research highlighting workflow tools such as SnakeMake and NextFlow.

Emerging Centers Track (third Wednesdays)

Emerging Centers Reflecting Back and Looking forward, discussion facilitated by Jane Combs and Rich Knepper

Wednesday, May 19 at 12pm ET/ 11am CT/ 10am MT/ 9am PT/ 7am HT

We’ll be discussing the Emerging Centers calls so far (18 of them!) and identifying what members want to discuss in the coming months. We will be sending out some pre-meeting materials to help prompt our memories of prior talks and ideas for future discussion. Track chairs will also discuss the upcoming PEARC workshop activity on “Refining your Research Computing Pitch”.

Systems-Facing Track (third Thursdays)

Clusters in the Sky: How Canada is Building Beyond Iaas Cloud with Magic Castle, discussion facilitated by Jeff Albert, University of Victoria / Compute Canada, and Félix-Antoine Fortin, Université Laval / Compute Canada

Thursday, May 20th at 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

During this session, we will tell the story of the evolution of Canadian IaaS research cloud services. We will cover users’ needs for tools that help them marshal computing resources into functional platforms.  As a proposed solution to these needs, we will present project Magic Castle that takes general purpose cloud resources and makes them into useful scientific toolkits. Finally, we will also discuss how the infrastructure and tools initiatives are evolving together in order to meet the increasingly specialized needs of researchers.​

General Track Call Information

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.

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, and other tracks, please fill in the form at http://bit.ly/join_carcc_people_network.

Join us for March People Network Calls

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network virtual meetings. (For handy calendar entries, try the CaRCC Events Calendar.)

Plenary session hosted by the Data-Facing Track (first Tuesdays)

Tuesday, March 2, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

PLENARY: Using Data to Benchmark your Research Computing and Data Program: The RCD Capabilities Model and Community Dataset

Presenters: Claire Mizumoto, UC San Diego & Patrick Schmitz, Semper Cognito Consulting

Join us during the regular data-facing slot for the first (and hopefully not last) People Network plenary session! Claire Mizumoto and Patrick Schmitz from the Capabilities Model working group will present the results from the first community dataset. These assessments were completed using the 1.0 version of the Research Computing and Data Capabilities Model (RCD CM), over a period of several months in the Spring and Summer of 2020. This Community Dataset provides insight into the current state of support for RCD across the community and in a number of key sub-communities.

Across science, engineering, social sciences, and the humanities, every university depends upon research computing and data (RCD) professionals and infrastructure. The rapid evolution and diversification of RCD infrastructure, services, and support poses significant challenges to academic institutions as they try to effectively assess and plan for the growing needs of researchers. Many institutions would also like to assess their capabilities in comparison to peers. The lack of a shared vocabulary to describe the various aspects of RCD support hinders coordinated efforts to advance support of and for researchers. These challenges are especially acute for smaller and emerging RCD support organizations, which often lack experience supporting RCD and have limited resources to develop an analysis framework for strategic planning. To address these gaps, a collaborative team developed a Research Computing and Data Capabilities Model that allows an organization to self-evaluate across a range of RCD services. The Model provides structured input to guide strategic planning, leveraging a defined and shared community vocabulary and enabling benchmarking relative to peer institutions.

Researcher-Facing Track (second Thursdays)

Thursday, March 11, 1pm ET (12pm CT/11am MT/10am PT)

All About Orienting Researchers to Research Computing + Data Resources

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Join Us for September People Network Calls

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network virtual meetings. (For handy calendar entries, try the CaRCC Events Calendar.)

Data-Facing Track (first Tuesdays)

Tuesday, Sept 1, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

An Institution-wide Examination of Data Needs: NSF EPOC Deep Dive at the University of Cincinnati

The Engagement and Performance Operations Center: Overview and Opportunities. The Engagement and Performance Operations Center (EPOC), funded by the US National Science Foundation, is a collaborative focal point for operational expertise and analysis jointly lead by Indiana University (IU) and the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet). The Center enables researchers to routinely, reliably, and robustly transfer data through a holistic approach to understanding the full pipeline of data movement to better support collaborative science. Through its measurement and monitoring work, as well as associated service advice and training, it brings together multiple knowledgeable and experienced science engagement teams.

A University’s Point of View. The University of Cincinnati was fortunate to be one of the first EPOC Deep Dive locations.  We will 1) share the process we used to collect the data/case studies from the researchers before the onsite visit from EPOC, 2) the two-day visit with the EPOC team and 3) outcomes, challenges and opportunities for implementation of the recommendations.

Researcher-Facing Track (second Thursdays)

Thursday, September 10, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

Supporting Researchers in the Cloud: One University’s Approach

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Catch CaRCC at PEARC20!

The PEARC20 Virtual Conference (July 27-31) has posted the schedule that includes many great workshops, tutorials, presentations, and panels.  

Here are some of the CaRCC-related activities you won’t want to miss:

People Network Virtual Meetings Update

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network virtual meetings.
(For handy calendar entries please try the CaRCC Events Calendar.)

Researcher-Facing Track (second Thursdays)

Thursday, March 12th, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

User support via Ask.CI and locales, a panel & community discussion

Description: We’ve explored various modalities for user support that all have the strengths and weaknesses. We’d like to focus this month on Ask.CI, a ‘StackOverFlow’-like site for research computing Q&A and discussion, and which can be localized for your organization while yet still remaining a part of the larger whole. Join us for what will be an interesting call on Ask.CI and how it has changed approaches to user support.

Emerging Centers Track (third Wednesdays)

Wednesday, March 18th, 12pm ET/ 11am CT/ 10am MT/ 9am PT/ 7am HT

OpenOnDemand discussion, Alan Chalker

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PEARC20 – Call for Participation: First deadline January 22, 2020

Sharing on behalf of the PEARC20 Program Committee:

Deadlines: (Updated Jan 8)

  • January
    • January 22nd: Tutorial submissions due
    • January 22nd: Workshop submissions due
  • February: 
    • February 17th: Technical track full paper submissions due
    • February 17th: Lightning Talk Abstracts submissions due
    • February 24th: Student technical track full paper submissions due
  • April
    • April 24th: Poster submissions due 
    • April 24th: Student posters submissions due 
  • May
    • May 1st: Panel submissions due
    • May 1st: BOF submissions due
    • May 1st: Viz Showcase submissions due
    • May 15th: All camera-ready submissions due

PEARC20 will explore the current Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing, including modeling, simulation, and data-intensive computing. PEARC20 will be in Portland, OR from July 26th-30th, 2020. This year’s theme, “Catch the Wave,” embodies the spirit of the community’s drive to stay in front of the new waves in technology, analytics, data, visualization, and a globally connected and diverse workforce. 

PEARC20 brings together community thought leaders, CI professionals, and students to learn, share ideas, and craft the infrastructure of the future. The PEARC20 student program will provide students with a range of opportunities to participate in both student activities and the full technical program so that they may share their research efforts and gain insights and inspiration from like-minded individuals at the conference.

For more information, visit https://pearc.acm.org/pearc20/program/call-for-participation.

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