A report is now available that details outcomes from the second annual CaRCC strategy and planning retreat, held June 13-15 in Chicago (Rosemont), IL and online via Zoom. The retreat included members of the CaRCC steering committee, operational groups, People Network chairs, track coordinators and steering committees, and leaders of CaRCC working and interest groups. Thirty-two people attended in person, with another ten attending virtually.
With CaRCC Mission and Values statements informing the discussion, goals of the Annual Retreat included:
Revisit what CaRCC is as an organization in light of recent growth, connecting the CaRCC Mission and Values to its activities
Recognize current areas of strength and recommend areas for growth or continuity
Identify opportunities for new strategic activities or growth
Pinpoint activities or areas that need to improve, change, or cease
Use each of the above to inform development of a set of recommendations andstrategic action items for the coming year
CaRCC is seeking volunteers for several new efforts that will have a significant impact on CaRCC and the RCD Community. This is a chance to make a real difference to the future of CaRCC. We need your help!
It’s almost time for the PEARC23 conference and we’re looking forward to seeing many of you in Portland! Be sure to stop by the Internet2 table during open Exhibit hours, Monday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 25 8am-5pm to pick up a CaRCC sticker and other info. A big thank you to our partner, Internet2 for providing space for CaRCC at their table!
Remember that you, our engaged CaRCC members, are the most powerful communication and outreach tool we have as we strive to be diverse and inclusive. If you meet members of the community at PEARC who aren’t familiar with CaRCC, encourage them to learn more at the CaRCC Town Hall, stop by the table in the Exhibit Hall, or visit CaRCC.org to join the People Network.
CaRCC events at PEARC23 include:
Sunday, July 23
RCD Nexus Day — A full day of collaboration and connection for the RCD Community. This year’s topics include Using the Capabilities Model Assessment Tool and Onboarding RCD Staff and Students. (Pre-registration required.)
RCD Nexus is supported as an NSF-funded Cyberinfrastructure Centers of Excellence (CoE) pilot (award NSF-2100003).
Tuesday, July 24
CaRCC Town Hall, 10:30am-12pm, Room F151 — Come hear about current initiative and help shape future directions! Learn how to get involved and how we are connecting with the broader RCD ecosystem through the People Network.
Workforce Track: Understanding the Research Computing and Data Profession, 3:00-4:30pm, Room D135 — Talks include “Career Phases in Research Computing and Data” and Professionalization of Research Computing and Data: An Expanded Agenda” both by Tim Middelkoop. And Christina Maimone will present on “Compensation of Academic Research Computing and Data Professionals”.
The CaRCC Chairs leadership is pleased to announce that we have a revised “CaRCC One Slide” – It’s that first slide you often see at the beginning of any of the People Network track calls or other activity meet-ups and in which we capture the current CaRCC activity groups.
We’d like to give a huge thanks to Engagement Operations Group member Cyd Burrows-Schilling (University of CA San Diego) for her work on creating a captivating depiction of CaRCC as we know it today. You’ll see that there are some historical references to the growth of CaRCC activity groups, but the impact is the sheer number of active People Network tracks and Interest & Working groups. Thank you, Cyd!
Much appreciation goes to Bob Freeman (Harvard Business School), Patrick Schmitz (Semper Cogito Consulting), and again Cyd Burrows-Schilling for the original timeline slide’s development and upkeep. Look how far we’ve come!
And, finally, thanks to you, the RCD professional community, the individuals embodied by this graphic: Whether attending track calls or engaged in other activities, CaRCC is nothing without each of you!
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.)