November People Network Calls, CaRCC Winter Party Dec. 8!

Greetings to all members of the CaRCC People Network! 

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.

And mark your calendars for the annual CaRCC Winter Party, December 8, 1-2:30pm ET / 10-11:30am PT!

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

CaRCC People Network Calls

Data-Facing Track (1st Tuesdays)

The ICPSR Research Data Ecosystem, Jeannette Jackson, University of Michigan ICPSR
Tue, Nov 1, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is an international consortium of more than 750 academic institutions and research organizations. The ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community and is building the Research Data Ecosystem (RDE) funded by the National Science Foundation. The RDE will make research data accessible to broaden participation in the frontiers of scientific research. It will accomplish this goal by modernizing the existing software platform so that it supports the entire research lifecycle with an enhanced user experience to increase the ability of researchers to safely and securely access, connect, store, and manipulate data. This presentation will present some of the challenges and experience in implementation of the RDE along with details about implementation, access and usage.

Strategy and Policy-Facing Track (1st Wednesdays)

Highlights from CASC, EDUCAUSE, and the NSF Cybersecurity Summit, reports and discussion
Wed, Nov 2, 12p ET/ 11a CT/ 10a MT/ 9a PT

Welcome everyone to this new track and our Strategy and Policy-Facing community! This session will provide a community update on recent (external) meetings of interest – CASC, EDUCAUSE, and the TrustedCI / NSF Cybersecurity Summit.  A number of our steering committee members will provide reports and answer questions.

Researcher-Facing Track (2nd Thursdays)

Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, Salmaan Quader J.D. Ph.D, Chief IP Counsel, The Jackson Laboratory, TBD – University Tech Transfer Representative
Thu, Nov 10, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

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Intellectual property and technology transfer are important parts of many universities’ research and development initiatives. The capture of intellectual property helps protect the discoveries as well as provide a mechanism for monetization of the discoveries. With increasing focus on digital processing and research, it is important that research computing professionals understand what is needed for intellectual property capture and how platforms as well as permission settings can impact the ability of researchers seeking to capture intellectual property. This CaRCC Researcher-Facing talk will cover the introduction to intellectual property capture as well as one organization’s example of how captured intellectual property is transferred to external users.

Emerging Centers Track (3rd Wednesdays)

There will be no Emerging Centers call for November! Hope to meet some of you in person at SC22!

Systems-Facing Track (3rd Thursdays)

There will be no Systems-Facing call for November!
Instead we want to  remind all interested to register/attend this year’s HPCSYSPROS22 ( workshop, held in conjunction with SC22.  This year’s half day workshop will be held Monday Nov 14th from 1:30pm – 5:00pm CST.  See the above links for more info on the workshop as well as SC22, and join us for a social gathering the day before, to meet people and see some faces again!

HPCSYSPROS & CaRCC Systems-Facing Social @ Pegasus City Brewery
Sunday November 13th 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: Pegasus City Brewery, 1508 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75201, food carry-ins allowed.

Additional Community Opportunities

Nov 10 at 12p ET/ 9a PT (2nd Thursdays/2nd Fridays): US Research Software Engineers monthly community call. See for more information.

CaRCC Calls and Zoom

All calls will take place within a Zoom room communicated via email. Please help us keep these details secure (non-public), but feel free to share with a colleague.

CaRCC and the People Network 

The CaRCC (Campus Research Computing Consortium) People Network, aims “to foster, build and grow an inclusive community (termed the ‘People Network’) for campus CI, research computing and data professionals.” If you have received this email NOT via CaRCC’s People Network, and you would like to join, please fill in our mailing list request form and join us on Slack!

Interested members of the People Network need not subscribe to a particular track to participate in calls. Additional details for track members, including notes documents and any pre-call activities, will be distributed ahead of the call via the email lists and other communication channels within each track.

Help spread the word: 2022 Capabilities Model Assessment — Due December 15

2022 Research Computing and Data (RCD) Capabilities Model Community Dataset participation window will close on December 15, 2022. Please be sure to contribute your assessment using this form before you leave for winter break. 

Know of other institutions that might be interested in participating? Please help us reach them by passing this information along!

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Understanding the CaRCC Facings

One of the biggest challenges we face as an organization supporting the research computing and data (RCD) profession is defining what it means to be an RCD professional. Although it’s clear our profession is growing and very much in-demand, the lines between RCD and other types of jobs are often blurred, and our professional titles rarely reflect the breadth of what we do. Supporting the needs of researchers is distinct and often very different from providing enterprise technology services to a general user population (even though many of us do both and overlap certainly exists). The Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRCC) focuses on the challenges and opportunities unique to providing computational, data, and other related services to researchers.

Am I an RCD professional? 

Most of us would agree that the people who manage university supercomputers are RCD professionals, but am I an RCD professional if I help researchers navigate data and my title is Librarian or Data Scientist? Am I an RCD professional if I’m a programmer who develops software that supports a research project? Am I an RCD professional if I’m not involved in hands-on technical work but do outreach and education to help researchers find and use technology and data resources? 

If you are supporting researchers in any way through systems, software, data, security, networking, data center operations, or education and consulting, yes –you are an RCD professional!

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October 2022: Upcoming CaRCC People Network & 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.

We’d also like to announce our new Strategy & Policy-facing Track! Many months in the works, this track is coordinated by Melissa Cragin (SDSC/UCSD) and Patrick Schmitz (Semper Cogito), and already has a robust steering committee. Many thanks to these volunteers for stepping forward, and we hope you will join us when the track has its inaugural call on Wed 10/5 at 12p.

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