Greetings to members of the Campus Research Computing (CaRCC) Communities!
The PEARC21 Virtual Conference (July 19-22) is almost here. Be sure to attend the many great workshops, tutorials, presentations, and panels from persons in the community. And here are some of the CaRCC-related activities you won’t want to miss:
Greetings, members of the Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRCC) People Network and beyond!
Before you mark your calendars, I want to make sure you saw the opportunity to participate in a study of the Research Computing and Data Workforce. Please also share this with others on your teams and relevant communities:
We’re delighted to announce NSF funding for a pilot CoE to build upon the work of several CaRCC working groups and advance support for RCD Professionals.
The new Research Computing and Data Resource and Career Center will create tools, practices, and professional development resources to support individuals and institutions. The main areas of emphasis include:
Curating leading practices for staff professional development, and for involving students in RCD/workforce development
The RCD Resource and Career Center portal will gather these and related tools and resources together to support the community. We will place strong emphasis on helping to bridge the gap for smaller institutions that are struggling to get RCD programs started to support their researchers.
We are also excited to continue the work together with the various organizations that currently support RCD professionals and coordinate our respective work to provide a clear voice advocating for the profession.
Sharing on behalf of the PEARC20 Program Committee:
Deadlines: (Updated Jan 8)
January 22nd: Tutorial submissions due
January 22nd: Workshop submissions due
February 17th: Technical track full paper submissions due
February 17th: Lightning Talk Abstracts submissions due
February 24th: Student technical track full paper submissions due
April 24th: Poster submissions due
April 24th: Student posters submissions due
May 1st: Panel submissions due
May 1st: BOF submissions due
May 1st: Viz Showcase submissions due
May 15th: All camera-ready submissions due
PEARC20 will explore the current Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing, including modeling, simulation, and data-intensive computing. PEARC20 will be in Portland, OR from July 26th-30th, 2020. This year’s theme, “Catch the Wave,” embodies the spirit of the community’s drive to stay in front of the new waves in technology, analytics, data, visualization, and a globally connected and diverse workforce.
PEARC20 brings together community thought leaders, CI professionals, and students to learn, share ideas, and craft the infrastructure of the future. The PEARC20 student program will provide students with a range of opportunities to participate in both student activities and the full technical program so that they may share their research efforts and gain insights and inspiration from like-minded individuals at the conference.
Take some time to check out the CaRCC website, which has some recent design and content organization changes, in addition to a new event submission form for the community events calendar, where you can continue to find track calls for the People Network, explore other research CI-relevant events, and submit any events that might be missing!
The People Network coordinators are inviting input to a draft Code of Conduct (and response procedures) for CaRCC-related community gatherings, following input from community members and leaders of CaRCC working groups. See CaRCC’s recent email to the People Network inviting comments and suggested edits, via which the relevant document links were distributed.
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 email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)… 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.
…from CaRCC Council Chair Thomas Cheatham and the leadership team:
Happy Holiday Season and winter from CaRCC! I am happy to see that CaRCC is making significant headway in its goals ranging from shoring up the internal workings and operations to significant progress with the various working groups. We have a better handle on document and meeting management, and are enabling the various working groups to more easily disseminate their information and get feedback. Feedback from some members of the larger ecosystem has people noting that they associate CaRCC with products for the community.
A group of us (*) recently met in Denver for a 1-day “re-sync” meeting to brainstorm on where CaRCC is– in terms of outcomes and lessons learned– and also, importantly, to discuss where CaRCC should be going. We summarized the activities and outcomes of each of the present committees. Broad themes we discussed included the need to avoid duplication of efforts, to embrace and honor existing identities, to fill gaps, and for CaRCC to serve as a catalytic space to define professionalization in ways that campuses can leverage and that represents connections across communities. Success that has already happened is that many institutions have recognized the need for researcher-facing people to help researchers with their computing and data resource needs. Further development of an engagement framework and defining the broader ecosystem is on-going work.
CaRCC developed an initial set of committees in October 2017 to focus on four areas as prioritized by a survey that reached a fairly broad audience of research computing and CI professionals, and these are listed below. If you are involved with CaRCC and interested in helping out on one or more committees, let us know at email@example.com!