How to get involved

Current CaRCC activities and how to get involved:

The current activities of CaRCC center around a set working groups. To express interest in getting involved, either e-mail the committee chairs or help@carcc.org.

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.

Activities also center around the CaRCC people-network: The people-network is all of the people involved with CaRCC ranging from casual observers and lurkers, working group participants, to CaRCC Council members.

Want to join the people-network (including any of the facings below)? Fill out this Google form.

Facings: As developed over the past few years by a number of people, including a deeper dive into a draft “Research Computing and Data Professionals Job Elements and Career Guide” by the CI Professionalization January 2018 Workshop and working group, the concept of research computing and data facings has emerged as follows:

  • Researcher-facing: (e.g. outreach, education/training, consulting/facilitation, leasing, etc.). Engage researchers as a partner to co-create and co-learn research activities and relevant advanced research computing capability to provide possible solutions to facilitate and/or transform research.
  • Systems-facing: Systems planning, engineering, security, optimization, middleware, virtualization, and Cloud, among other topics.
  • Software/Data-facing: Data production, curation, management, publishing/sharing, data science, software development, installation, execution and optimization, among other topics. January 2019: This facing track will be developed soon!
  • Sponsor/Stakeholder-facing: Project and personnel management, service evaluation, funding/finance, and running a research computing and data team, among other topics. January 2019: This facing is on hold and likely being developed in collaboration with CASC (Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation).

Reminder: Fill out this Google form to join any of the facings and the overall people-network.

How to officially join the CaRC Consortium (CaRCC)?

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 tec3@utah.edu.

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 help@carcc.org