How to get involved

The current CaRCC community has at its center the “People Network“, a group  of volunteers (basically at present an non-exclusive e-mail list and a sub-committee that helps coordinate) helping to support and advocate for the community of communities supporting research computing and data, broadly defined. CaRCC also helps to facilitate a set of open working groups. Membership is currently open to CI professionals supporting research computing and data, noting that at present the focus has been on supporting campuses and research.

Working Groups: To express interest in getting involved with the working groups, either e-mail the committee chairs or

Being a formal institutional member of CaRCC is not required at this time to volunteer to help instantiate CaRCC with its vision and mission or to get involved with the various working groups.

The People-Network: The people-network is for all of the people who support campus-based research computing and data infrastructure and the use of that infrastructure by researchers.

To join the people-network, fill out this Google form.

How to officially join the CaRC Consortium (CaRCC)?

[Note: August 2019 – officially joining is currently disabled; informally getting involved in encouraged!!!]

Institutional Membership: A prospective Institutional Member must provide a formal letter containing an institutional commitment to the purpose and vision of the Consortium (shown below) and to the following elements:

    • Have the intent to appoint one or more designated professional(s) (e.g., Facilitators, CI Professionals, CI-Engineers, or User Services Representatives) who can directly address the mission and activities of the Consortium and enable the prospective Member to fully participate in the applicable technical activities of the Consortium. The prospective Member’s commitment shall be to fund such professional(s) at one or more of the Member’s locations for the duration of the prospective Member’s membership in the Consortium.
    • Promoting and funding the professional development of its designated professional(s) and their participation in Consortium activities, events, and meetings.
    • Paying such annual membership fees as may be levied by the Consortium subject to approval by the Council. Note that during the CaRC planning process and its initial evolution, currently there are no dues.
    • Acknowledge the CaRCC Charter.

The letter of commitment can be sent to the CaRCC Council chair.  The current CaRCC Council chair (through 6/30/19) is Thomas Cheatham from the University of Utah. He can be contacted at

If, in the opinion of the Council Chair, the application meets the criteria, the membership request will be forwarded to the Council for formal approval by simple majority vote.  Note:  The Council may, at its discretion and with formal approval of at least two-thirds of its members, change the membership fee or impose additional requirements for new membership applications.  Members will be provided at least three-months (3-months) notice of the implementation of changes in membership fees or requirements.

CaRC Vision: The vision of the CaRC Consortium is to advance the frontiers of research at academic institutions by supporting on-campus awareness and facilitation services related to computation for researchers, including inter-institutional resource and knowledge sharing among research computing professionals, and continuous innovation in research computing capabilities.

CaRC Purpose:  The Consortium is committed to supporting the sustainability of campus efforts through professional and career development for the individuals (“Facilitators” and other professionals) who enable and collaborate with researchers to better utilize large-scale, advanced computing resources. The Consortium is further dedicated to extending and enhancing the reach and impact of campus and national research computing infrastructure on research conducted at the campus level (including multi-institution collaborations). The Consortium explores and develops effective strategies and best practices that campuses may use to empower their researchers to become more effective users of advanced research cyberinfrastructure (CI) at the campus, regional, national, and international levels.

If you would like to learn more, e-mail us at