Announcing the RCD CM 2020 Community Data participation window

Version 1.0 of the Research Computing and Data Capabilities Model (RCDCM) was released in Spring of 2020. We will aggregate contributed assessment data from the community, and make this available in the Fall. If you complete an institutional assessment and contribute your results to the 2020 Community Data collection by August 30 you will get access to the detailed version of the data, allowing you to benchmark your institution’s program relative to peer institutions.

We know there is broad interest in having a community dataset. 88% of the institutions who have requested to use the Assessment tool listed “Benchmarking of current service offerings” as an intended use of the model. Users of the model are fairly diverse: as of early summer, there are over 70 institutions representing 32 states, both public and private, and a mix of R1s, R2s, and institutions with emerging research programs. As more institutions participate, the more useful the Community Cata collection becomes!

We understand that many programs are strapped for resources right now, and may be challenged to make the time to complete this work. We are offering free office hours to answer your questions, as well as another workshop at PEARC20 for deeper discussion, to make it as easy as possible to complete the assessment. Especially when budgets are under pressure, programs need to make a strong case to their campus leadership for continued (if not increased) investment in Research Computing and Data programs; the RCD Capabilities Model can help to make this case, providing a common national framework for analysis and a baseline dataset for benchmarking relative to your peers.

Why should you complete and contribute your assessment? 

  • You are helping to build a community baseline for the state of RCD support.
  • Although we will share a high-level summary of this data with the broader community, only contributing institutions will have access to aggregated data for the detailed topics and individual questions.

When will the Community Data collection be available?

  • We anticipate having the collection available this Fall, within a month or so of the close of the participation period.

How can I learn more about the model, and how to use it?

What happens if we can’t meet the deadline? 

  • All institutions will continue to have access to the assessment tool, office hours, etc. Institutions will be able to request a copy throughout the year.
  • We will open a participation window once each year (generally from late spring through summer) for contributions, so if you miss the 2020 participation window, you can contribute to the 2021 collection.

Based upon feedback from the community, a reasonable frequency for completing the assessment is about every two years. Given this, institutions that contribute to the community data collection will have contributor access for the year they contribute and the year following. I.e., if you contribute by August 30, 2020, you will have contributor-level access to the 2020 Community Data collection, as well as the 2021 collection. If you have any questions, join us for office hours, or email capsmodel-help@carcc.org. Also, please encourage your peer institutions to learn about the RCD Capabilities Model, and contribute their assessment data.

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:

RCD Capabilities Model Office Hours for Summer and Early Fall

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 a particular aspect of the assessment tool? Join working group members at one of our upcoming Office Hours to get help, ask your questions, and share your experiences! Office Hours for Summer and into Fall are scheduled for:

Thurs June 1811 a.m.-1 p.m. PT / 1-3 p.m. CT / 2-4 p.m. ET
Tues June 238 a.m.-10 a.m PT / 10 a.m.- Noon CT / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
Thurs July 1611 a.m.-1 p.m. PT / 1-3 p.m. CT / 2-4 p.m. ET
Tues July 218 a.m.-10 a.m PT / 10 a.m.- Noon CT / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
Thurs Aug 2011 a.m.-1 p.m. PT / 1-3 p.m. CT / 2-4 p.m. ET
Tues Aug 258 a.m.-10 a.m PT / 10 a.m.- Noon CT / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
Thurs Sept 1711 a.m.-1 p.m. PT / 1-3 p.m. CT / 2-4 p.m. ET
Tues Sept 228 a.m.-10 a.m PT / 10 a.m.- Noon CT / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET

Call Coordinates (Zoom):
Due to the recent trend in ZoomBombing, please contact the WG Chairs for the Zoom call information, and please include your name and affiliation.

RCD Capabilities Model Office Hours

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 a particular aspect of the assessment tool? Join working group members at one of our upcoming Office Hours to get help, ask your questions, and share your experiences! The next few Office Hours are scheduled for:

Wed April 1511 a.m.-1 p.m. PT / 1-3 p.m. CT / 2-4 p.m. ET
Fri April 178 a.m.-10 a.m PT / 10 a.m.- Noon CT / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
Fri May 111 a.m.-1 p.m. PT / 1-3 p.m. CT / 2-4 p.m. ET
Thu May 78 a.m.-10 a.m PT / 10 a.m.- Noon CT / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET

Call Coordinates (Zoom):
Due to the recent trend in ZoomBombing, please contact the WG Chairs for the Zoom call information, and please include your name and affiliation.

Leveraging a Research IT Maturity Model Workshop at EDUCAUSE

Research IT (computing, data, and related infrastructure and services) is changing at an accelerating rate, while the range of scientific fields and disciplines depending on research cyberinfrastructure is expanding and becoming increasingly diverse.

The Capabilities Model for Research IT (formerly the Maturity Model) project is a collaborative effort by Internet2, the Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRCC), EDUCAUSE, The Quilt, and many higher education institutions, that identifies the range of relevant approaches to supporting research IT, for use by IT practitioners, researchers, and campus leadership. It includes a self-assessment tool that is designed for a school to explore different areas of maturity or capability for the support of researchers and research activities on their campus. 

The upcoming full-day workshop at EDUCAUSE on Monday, October 14, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. will provide background on the project and introduce participants to the maturity model framework and how it can be applied to a range of different institutions. Participants will have an opportunity to fill out the questionnaire, discuss how it applies to their respective institutions, and discuss how the model could be used in strategic decision making by institutions.

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CaRCC and Related Activities that Happened at PEARC19!

PEARC19 happened in Chicago July 28-August 1, 2019. There were a number of CaRCC and/or CaRCC related activities that took place and summaries of some of these may be of interest to the community (note that errors or omissions are the responsibility of tec3@utah.edu).