CaRCC Capabilities Model Workshop at PEARC24 

Attending the PEARC24 conference and would like to learn more about how to use the CaRCC Capabilities Model? We are offering a full-day workshop “Understanding the CaRCC Capabilities Model Assessment Tools and How Best to Use them at Your Institution” on Monday, July 22. Just select the workshop when you register for the PEARC24 conference; there’s no additional cost.  

About the CaRCC Capabilities Model

The CaRCC Capabilities Model allows participating institutions to: 

  • Assess their support for computationally- and data-intensive research.
  • Identify potential areas for improvement. 
  • Understand how the broader community views Research Computing and Data support.   

Contributing institutions help build the Community Dataset, and enrich the resulting picture we have of our community. You will get access to the benchmarking functionality on the new portal that compares your assessment to the community at-large, as well as segments of the community. As a contributor, you will also get access to more detailed reporting functionality on the new portal, to dig into the data and create custom visualizations. 

About the workshop

The workshop will provide an introduction to the CaRCC Capabilities Model and how institutions approach using the Capabilities Model assessment tools to improve their strategic planning and make the case for increased campus support to advance computationally- and data-intensive research and education. Workshop participants will:

  • Gain an introduction to the CaRCC Capabilities Model and the associated assessment tools and community data exploration portal.
  • Explore and discuss the practical aspects of conducting an assessment for an institution.
  • Develop a clear understanding of the tools and gain experience working through the assessment questions.
  • Discuss and compare effective practices for leveraging assessment and benchmarking data in communications with campus leadership.
  • Build connections with peers at similar institutions and learn about the community resources available to support participating institutions.

Check back here for a detailed event agenda, coming soon!

April 2024 CaRCC People Network and other 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. 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.

CaRCC People Network Calls

Data-Facing Track (1st Tuesdays)

Tue 4/2, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT
ICPSR: A Partner in Social Research
As one of the world’s oldest and largest data archives for social and behavioral sciences, ICPSR strives to assist researchers throughout the lifecycle of their projects. Typically known for its catalog of almost 20,000 data collections for secondary analysis or the Summer Program in Quantitative Methods, ICPSR also provides resources for creating data management and sharing plans, tools to assist in primary research, and help in meeting federal data sharing requirements. This workshop will introduce (1) the variety of resources available, (2) the types of data in the catalog and how to access them (both public and restricted), and (3) the ways in which professional curation staff can add value in sharing and preserving your research data.   

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CaRCC Special Presentation: The National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) by Katie Antypas 

Thursday, March 28, 2024   at 2PM ET/1PM CT/12PM MT/11AM PT

Message help@carcc.org for link to Zoom meeting.

Join us for a presentation by Katie Antypas, office director in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure about the recently announced National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) pilot project. NAIRR envisions “a shared national research infrastructure for responsible discovery and innovation in AI.” The effort is led by the NSF and includes 10 additional federal agencies and 25 non-governmental partner organizations. The pilot assembles and provides access to technologies and tools to enable U.S. research and education including: computational, data, software, modeling, and user support resources. NAIRR “aims to ensure that AI resources and tools are accessible to the broad research and education communities in a manner that advances trustworthy AI and protects privacy, civil rights and civil liberties.” 

Katie Antypas, Division Deputy, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), photographed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), 06/06/2023. Thor Swift | Credit: Thor Swift - Photographer Copyright: © The Regents of the University of California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Thor Swift | Credit: Thor Swift - Photographer Copyright: © The Regents of the University of California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Katie Antypas Credit: Thor Swift – Photographer Copyright: © The Regents of the University of California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Katie Antypas, Office Director, National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure

Prior to her role at the NSF, Antypas served at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for 17 years in a variety of roles including NERSC Division Deputy, Project Director for NERSC’s large scale High Performance Computing system acquisitions, Director of Hardware and Integration of the Exascale Computing Project, Data Department Head and User Services Group Lead. She remains a Berkeley Lab employee but is on assignment to the NSF through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act. Before coming to NERSC in 2006, Katie worked at the Flash Center at the University of Chicago on the FLASH code, a highly scalable, parallel, adaptive mesh refinement astrophysics application. She has an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Chicago and a bachelors in Physics from Wellesley College.

New! CaRCC Monthly Welcome Events

Members of the Engagement operations group and People Network leadership team will be hosting a new series of CaRCC Monthly Welcome events starting Tuesday, April 2 at 2pm ET. The event is designed for CaRCC newcomers or those wanting to become more involved. They will include an abbreviated overview of CaRCC groups, activities, resources, and volunteer opportunities (similar to the annual CaRCC parade) and will allow time for attendees to ask questions. 

We invite and encourage group leaders and other experienced members of CaRCC to drop in on these events when your schedules allow, to introduce yourselves and your groups. Everyone is welcome! 

Meeting days and times will typically alternate each month between the first Tuesday and first Thursday. The zoom link can be found on the People Network calendar or by requesting it at help@carcc.org

People Network and other Community Calls for March 2024

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network calls (Zoom details at the end). For handy calendar entries, try the CaRCC Events Calendar. 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.

CaRCC People Network Calls

Data-Facing Track (1st Tuesdays)

Tue 3/5, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT
Future of the Data Facing Track – Calling All Track Members
Currently the Data Facing Track Steering committee consists of three members.  All three may be facing schedule changes that necessitate the need to think about new leadership.  In the past, it has been a challenge to recruit members of the track to serve on the committee.  We invite all track members to attend this session and help us decide how to ensure the priorities of the track are reflected in what form the track takes for the future.

Strategy and Policy-Facing Track (1st Wednesdays)

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Annual CaRCC Parade and Other Community Calls to Kick off 2024!

As the new year ramps up, please join us and bring along a colleague for the annual CaRCC Parade, Tuesday, January 23, 4-5pm ET (1-2pm PT) for an update on CaRCC activities and how to get involved. Most track-specific calls are also resuming in January.

Mark your calendars for these and other community events, below. 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 and join our Slack channels.

CaRCC People Network Calls

Annual CaRCC Parade (cross-track)

Thu 1/23, 1-2:30p ET/ 12-1:30p CT/ 11am-12:30p MT/ 10-11:30a PT
We will introduce CaRCC for newcomers, talk about the year ahead for CaRCC, and describe opportunities for existing and new members to get more involved. It’s a great way to stay connected with the CaRCC community or kickstart your involvement in CaRCC. It’s also a great way to introduce newcomers to learn more about CaRCC and hear directly from group coordinators, so bring a colleague!

Data-Facing Track (1st Tuesdays)

Tue Jan 2, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT
Round Robin track discussion.

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End-of-Year Party and Other Community Calls in December

As the calendar year winds up, please join us for the annual People Network End-of-Year Party, Thursday, December 14, 1-2:30pm ET (10-11:30am PT). Among other fun, we’ll have presentations from other communities in the broader ecosystem, “ice breakouts”, CaRCC swag for raffles and “best attire” voting, and opportunities for other casual discussion, as well as breakout rooms for to discuss People Network input and reflections on Supercomputing. Most track-specific calls will resume in January, though you can also catch a December call on rapid expansion of campus research computing and data capabilities , jointly-hosted by the CaRCC Strategy- and Policy-Facing Track and the EDUCAUSE RCD Community Group.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network calls (Zoom details at the end). 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.

Annual End-of-Year Party, Dec 14 (cross-track)

Thu 12/14, 1-2:30p ET/ 12-1:30p CT/ 11am-12:30p MT/ 10-11:30a PT
Join this year’s party in your most festive attire to partake in casual fun and reflections. We’ll thank our People Network contributors from the year and hear from partners and other communities in the broader ecosystem. Breakout discussions with fun ice breakers will be followed by “best attire” voting and raffles for CaRCC swag prizes. You can also provide input to the People Network or reflection the recent Supercomputing conference, or partake in other casual discussion. Call document and usual Zoom room will be distributed via email, as usual. ‘See you there!

Strategy and Policy-Facing Track (1st Wednesdays)

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Read the report: RCD Nexus Day 2023

A new report is now available detailing the accomplishments of RCD Nexus Day 2023. Funded by a Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence Pilot grant from the National Science Foundation, the workshop brought together 95 research computing and data (RCD) professionals from institutions across the U.S. The event took place on July 23, 2023, and was an official co-located event of the PEARC’23 conference in Portland, Oregon. Thirty-three attendees received travel support, which allowed them to attend both RCD Nexus Day and the full PEARC23 conference.

In addition to a combined opening session and an evening networking session, the event included two concurrent workshops. Workshop 1 was related to using the RCD Capabilities Model assessment tools and was led by Patrick Schmitz of Semper Cogito Consulting, while Workshop 2 was on the topic of staff and student onboarding and led by Claire Mizumoto of University of California, San Diego. These workshops are described in detail in the full report.

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)

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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

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