People Network

Building Community: the CaRCC People Network

The People Network aims to foster, build and grow an inclusive community (termed the “People Network”) for campus professionals who support research computing and data resources and the researchers who use them. The Network includes synchronous and asynchronous opportunities to network with and leverage the collective expertise of the broader RCD+ community. With focused discussion “tracks”, participants can choose how they participate. As of late 2023, the People Network includes approximately 1500 unique members.


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

Tracks within the People Network

Each track has their own email list, Slack channel, and monthly community calls. Recognizing that any one RCD professional might have multiple professional roles and/or interests and limited time, People Network members can pick and choose which tracks, calls, and discussions to partake in. You can also check out YouTube recordings of most prior calls (here:

While the People Network initially launched tracks aligned with role-based ‘facings’ from CaRCC-facilitated work on the “Research Computing and Data Professionals Job Elements and Career Guide“, other tracks have formed (and may form) around other themes. You can read more about each track, below:

  • Emerging Centers: Support for smaller or developing research computing and data centers. (est. 2019)
  • Data-Facing: Data management, publishing/sharing, data science, data visualization, data workflows, data transfer and networks, among other topics. (est. 2019)
  • Researcher-Facing: Outreach, education/training, consulting/facilitation, leading collaborations, etc. (est. 2018)
  • Strategy & Policy-Facing: RCD leadership, institutional alignment, culture for research support, funding, and partnerships and engagement with external communities. This facing is coordinated in collaboration with several peer leadership communities including CASC (Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation) and the EDUCAUSE RCD group. (est. 2022)
  • Systems-Facing: Systems planning, engineering, security, optimization, middleware, virtualization, and cloud, among other topics. (est. 2019)
  • Software-Facing: Software development, portability, installation, optimization, support, etc. For those interested, we recommend that you check out the US Research Software Engineers Association (US-RSE).


Fill out this Google form to join any of the People Network and specific tracks.

Current People Network co-coordinators

(email both)

Former co-coordinators:

    • Dana Brunson, Internet2

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