Building Community: the 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 leverage collective and individual expertise, with focused discussion “tracks”, just like a conference. As of late 2021, the People Network includes more than 1100 unique members.
JOIN! Fill out this Google form to join any of the facings and the overall people-network.
Tracks within the People Network: Like an ongoing virtual conference, the People Network includes opportunities for focused discussion within several tracks, each with their own email list, Slack channel, and monthly community calls. 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.
Recognizing that any one RCD professional might have multiple professional roles and/or interests, People Network members can be a part of or otherwise attend calls for multiple tracks, with topic descriptors listed below for each:
- Researcher-facing: Outreach, education/training, consulting/facilitation, leading collaborations, etc. (est. 2018)
- Systems-facing: Systems planning, engineering, security, optimization, middleware, virtualization, and cloud, among other topics. (est. 2019)
- Data-facing: Data management, publishing/sharing, data science, data visualization, data workflows, data transfer and networks, among other topics. (est. 2019)
- Emerging Centers: Support for smaller or developing research computing and data centers. (est. 2019)
- Strategy & Policy-facing: COMING SOON!! Project and personnel management, service evaluation, funding/finance, and running a research computing and data team, among other topics. This facing is developing in collaboration with several community members like CASC (Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation) and the EDUCASE RCD group.
- 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).
JOIN! Fill out this Google form to join any of the People Network and specific tracks.
Current People Network co-coordinators:
- Lauren Michael, UW-Madison
- Bob Freeman, Harvard Business School
- Dana Brunson, Internet2