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!
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.
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.
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.
Many people have asked where RCD programs typically report in the university hierarchy. We have data from about 140 institutions using the RCD Capabilities model including a mix of different Carnegie Classifications but dominated by R1 and R2 institutions (about 2/3 of the total). Here’s how they described their reporting relationship:
While the dominant model is within central or campus IT, quite a few programs are run out of a college, department, or institute, and nearly one in six are organized under the campus research office.
These data may not represent the entire community, but are at least one source on this question.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network calls. For handy calendar entries, try the CaRCC Events Calendar. A number of the People Network tracks are taking the month off for summer travel and conferences, and you can check out other community calls listed further below.
Documenting metrics for RCD programs(part 2). Wed July 5th, 12p ET/ 11a CT/ 10a MT/ 9a PT From reporting operational performance metrics in terms of system up-time to research impact metrics of grant dollars generated, every RCD program uses some sort of performance metrics to showcase its impact to various audiences. In this two-part discussion series, we are exploring different types of metrics in use at various RCD programs which are diverse in maturity/size. The June 7th call focused on the data collection done in compiling metrics; the July 5th call will be a discussion of how collected metrics data is used at different institutions.
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.
Registration is now closed for the second annual RCD Nexus Day, a one-day workshop and networking event just for research computing and data (RCD) professionals on Sunday July 23, 8am-7pm preceding the PEARC23 Conference in Portland, OR. It’s an official PEARC co-located event, and there’s no additional cost to attend. Connect with your peers as we explore the topics that matter to you and your RCD career, including:
Student and staff workforce development topics and practices
Understanding the RCD Capabilities Model assessment tools, and how best to use them at your institution (details below)
The event will be held at the main conference venue, the Oregon Convention Center. Space is limited and last year the event reached capacity, so don’t wait to register!
Travel support is available for those at U.S. institutions who request it by June 28. Just indicate your need when you register and we’ll send further information.
See below for a detailed agenda and track descriptions.
May is Accessibility Month, and your CaRCC People Network track coordinators have put together a program of topical discussions across the tracks. The Staff Workforce Development Interest Group is also inviting new participants ahead of their next call (see below)!
During Data-Facing Track regular call time (1st Tuesdays) Tue 5/2, 1p ET / 12p CT / 11a MT / 10a PT / 8a HT Join for an introduction to the People Nework’s Accessibility Month series prior to group discussion. Participants will be invited to share the ways that they are thinking about and incorporating accessibility measures into their own resources. Discussion will include a Show&Tell of quick tips (so bring something you can share in 60 seconds or less!). The group will also brainstorm opportunities for enhanced accessibility for CaRCC activities.
Current Research on Accessible Computing
During Researcher-Facing Track regular call time(2nd Thursdays) Thu 5/11, 1p ET / 12p CT / 11a MT / 10a PT / 8a HT Dr. JooYoung Seo, Illinois iSchool Dr. Seo will present on accessible computing, including: multimodal data representation (e.g., data sonification, data verbalization, and data tactilization), and inclusive and reproducible data visualization.
Introduction to Web Accessibility
During Emerging Centers Track regular call time (3rd Wednesdays) Wed 5/17, 12p ET / 11a CT / 10a MT / 9a PT / 7a HT Lena Bohman is Data Management and Research Impact Librarian at Zucker School of Medicine. She received her BA from Brown University and MSLIS from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Her specialties in librarianship are data and digital humanities, and she has previously worked on a variety of public scholarship projects. She has a 10-pound terrier with a spunky personality named Kenzi.