Join us for upcoming People Network Calls for June 2023

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, please fill out our Join the People Network form and join our Slack channels.

6/7/23 update: We included an update for the Researcher-Facing call topic, as well as additional Community Calls opportunities.

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RCD Nexus Day at PEARC23

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.

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CaRCC Calls for May Accessibility Month

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)!

If you’re not on our mailing lists, just fill out our Join the People Network form and join our Slack channels.

People Network Calls

Open Community Discussion on Accessibility

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.

Introduction to Universal Design

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CaRCC Calls in April; Ideas for May Accessibility Month!

May is accessibility month, and your CaRCC People Network track coordinators are looking for pointers from YOU for topics of importance to the community.

Don’t wait! You can contact your Track Coordinators or start a conversation within your track.

As usual, mark your calendars for the below People Network calls. 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. (Zoom details are distributed via email and calendar details, for security.)

If you’re not on our mailing lists, just fill out our Join the People Network form and join our Slack channels.

CaRCC People Network Calls

Data-Facing Track, Researcher-Facing Track, & Systems-Facing Track
Joint Double Feature, Note the Dates!

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Student Workforce Development & Internship Survey — Please participate!

The CaRCC Student Workforce Development Interest Group invites the research computing and data (RCD) community to participate in a short survey designed to gather information about existing RCD student workforce and internship programs. Survey results will be shared via the CaRCC website to provide a centralized resource for computing facilities looking to start their own student program or working to augment or improve an existing program.

Should you consent to participate, you will find the survey has two sections: A required short section that should take approximately 10 minutes, and a second optional section that requests more details about your program.

Your participation will help create a valuable resource for the entire RCD community!

How long does it take to complete the RCD Capabilities Model?

We are often asked by community members how long it typically takes an institution to complete an assessment of their RCD support using the RCD Capabilities Model. When teams submit an assessment, we ask them about this, and so we decided to go through that data and share what we found (although we note that not all institutions provided an answer). As you might imagine, there is quite a bit of variation.

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Join People Network Calls in March

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network calls (Zoom details via email). 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, please fill out our Join the People Network form and join our Slack channels.

Strategy and Policy-Facing Track (1st Wednesdays)

Exploring factors that impact RCD strategy (part 2)
Wed 3/1, 12p ET / 11a CT / 10a MT / 9a PT / 7a HT
What programmatic and institutional characteristics affect how you make strategic decisions for your RCD program? We’ll hear from four RCD programs and then open a discussion on what’s similar and what’s not, and what the key factors seem to be. Is your program fully funded, are you self-supporting, or somewhere in-between? Do you have soft funding or core funding or a mix of both? Are you a centrally organized group or part of a partnership of service providers? How do your answers help determine what your programmatic priorities are and how you approach strategy? 
This is the second in the series of meetings where we can look at factors important for growth and development of your program at your institution.

Data-Facing Track (1st Tuesdays)

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Register now! Free Virtual Residency Workshop on Research Computing

Do you want to learn how to better help researchers at your institution use research technologies? Would you like to make professional connections and meet others working in the field of research computing facilitation?

The Virtual Residency Summer Introductory Workshop on Research Computing Facilitation is designed to sharpen your skills and connect you with colleagues. Registration is now open for the free workshop that will take place on Zoom June 26 – 30.

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People Network Calls in February

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network calls (Zoom details via email). 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, please fill out our Join the People Network form and join our Slack channels.

Data-Facing Track & Systems-Facing Track Joint Call

Towards a Data Commons​ at Harvard
Thu 2/16, 1p ET/12p CT/11a MT/10a PT/8a HT (NOTE THE DIFFERENT DATE for Data-Facing!)
Presented by:
– Mahmood Shad, Associate Director of RSE | University Research Computing | Harvard University
– Emre Keskin, Harvard University Research Data Officer
For over two years, a collaborative team from divisions and schools across Harvard University has been pursuing the idea of a “Digital Scholarship Ecosystem” to support the lifecycle of research at Harvard. The Harvard Data Commons (HDC) vision is to improve the researcher experience by automating the flow of research data from research computing environments to management, publication, discovery, and preservation environments. As a result, data integrity, provenance, and reproducibility of research data will be improved in order to meet sponsor requirements. In this talk, we will present HDC’s progress toward its major objectives and our vision for the future.

Strategy and Policy-Facing Track (1st Wednesdays)

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CaRCC/RCD Nexus 2022 Retrospective

Greetings, research computing and data (RCD) professionals! As we usher in the New Year, CaRCC and RCD Nexus would like to take a moment to look back on and celebrate some of our community’s exciting accomplishments in 2022: 

To formalize and ensure community input and evaluation, CaRCC formed a new Advisory Committee and held its first annual meeting in January, 2022. The group consists of 12 members selected for their leadership and expertise within the broader RCD and cyberinfrastructure landscape. The group is instrumental in long-term planning as CaRCC continues a period of rapid growth. 

We ramped up the work of our RCD Nexus NSF Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence (CI CoE) pilot grant, and began to provide more resources than ever before to both the CaRCC and broader RCD community. The RCD Nexus website currently serves as the CaRCC Career and Resource Center. 

In May, 2022, CaRCC activity leaders, advisory committee members, and peers from across the RCD community met in Denver and joined remotely for a Strategic Planning Meeting. The meeting included discussion around CaRCC’s role in defining a framework for an RCD-CI professional society.

CaRCC has helped to facilitate the RCD Community Builders Group, a collaborative effort among nine RCD-CI organizations working together to support the community at-large. The group has been meeting monthly since March 2022. Additionally, CaRCC has formalized a partnership and collaboration with the CASC organization and had two meetings and presentations during which the groups discussed opportunities for collaboration. 

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