Building Community: the People Network:
The People Network aims to foster, build and grow an inclusive community (termed the “People Network”) for campus CI professionals who support research computing and data resources and the researchers who use them. The Network includes synchronous and asynchronous opportunities to leverage collective and individual expertise, with focused discussion “tracks” reflective of professional activities.
Tracks within the People Network: Like an ongoing virtual conference, the People Network includes opportunities for focused discussion in the form of tracks, each with their own email list and monthly community calls. Though we envision opportunities for even more tracks, the People Network has started with launching tracks aligned with CaRCC-facilitated work on the “Research Computing and Data Professionals Job Elements and Career Guide” by which professional activities in research CI have been organized into the following:
- Researcher-facing: Outreach, education/training, consulting/facilitation, leasing collaborations, etc. (Launched Spring 2018)
- Systems-facing: Systems planning, engineering, security, optimization, middleware, virtualization, and cloud, among other topics. (Launched Jan 2019)
- Data-facing: Data management, publishing/sharing, data science, data visualization, data workflows, data transfer and networks, among other topics. (Launching now – June 2019!)
- Emerging-centers-facing: Support for smaller or emerging research computing and data centers. (Launching September 2019)
- Software-Facing: Software development, portability, installation, optimization, support, etc. (Launching at a future date)
- 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).
JOIN! Fill out this Google form to join any of the facings and the overall people-network.
Current co-chairs: Dana Brunson, Lauren Michael.