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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.