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 Capability 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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
- MATURITY MODEL – Leveraging a Research IT Maturity Model for Strategic Decision Making: For the past couple of years, a group of people from an Internet2 committee, EDUCAUSE, and CaRCC have had meetings and a workshop to develop a tool or spreadsheet that ranks maturity in many elements of the “facings” (researcher-facing, systems-facing, leadership-facing, etc) across various dimensions. The intent of this workshop is to introduce the maturity model and have participants go through parts of it as a beta test to help us evaluate and improve the tool. For more information about the workshop check out the PEARC19 submission (or e-mail interest to email@example.com)… And if interested in keeping up or volunteering or any other participation please fill in this interest form. An updated maturity model, based on comments from participants, will be available “soon” and beta’ed again at the EDUCAUSE meeting.
- ECOSYSTEM OF RESEARCH COMPUTING AND DATA – A panel on defining and ultimately sustaining the ecosystem of research computing and data convened during the first plenary. The ecosystem of research computing and data is broad, hard to define, and expanding. Panelists from different organizations gave their perspective. A link to the presentation is here.
- CI PROFESSIONALIZATION – A panel on Professionalization and Career Arcs for Roles Supporting Research IT/CI. Discussed were the job family matrix and a guide to the job family matrix. We will have a link to the presentation soon.
- TOWN HALL – “CaRCC”, broadly defined, Futures and Sustainability Town Hall. A running note that came from the town hall is on Google.