Researcher-Facing Track

Do you help researchers using IT tools to further their research goals? Are you involved in research computing and/or data science training? Do you consult with researchers on more effectively doing their research with advanced computing resources? Compute with data?  The Researcher-Facing Track of the People Network brings together people from research computing groups, libraries, research institutes, and other organizations who support researchers in every phase of the research lifecycle. Many of us are also Data- & Systems-Facing, but this track is a community-led opportunity to discuss the practices, perspectives, and experiences of facilitation.

Topics include:

  • Research computing facilitation
  • Outreach to all disciplines, esp. those under-represented, to aid with research computing resources
  • Education and Training
  • The art and practice of facilitation
  • Increasing communications, collaborations, and team-building
  • Research computing technologies
  • And more, as determined by our members!

We connect via monthly calls and an email list. We also invite you to review and contribute to the Leading Practices of Facilitation!

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Join Us! Fill out our membership form to let us know who you are and what you’re interested in. We’ll add you to the email list.

Monthly Calls

Monthly calls are on the second Thursday of the month, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT/ 8a HT. Connection information and links to any materials are distributed via email.

Upcoming Call(s)

Researcher-Facing Track, Thursday Feb 11, 2021 1pm ET/ 12pm CT/ 11am MT/ 10am PT/ 8am HT

Title: Supporting Researchers with Containers
Presenter(s):
Eric Coulter
Jeremy Fischer
Anna Sackmann
Peter Vaillancourt

Description:
Software containers are a growing part of the general computing landscape, including research computing. But when are containers a good fit for researchers and how can you support researchers using containers? In this call, we’ll provide a brief overview of containers, when they’re useful, how they relate to reproducibility, and how to support researchers (e.g. using, building, and/or maintaining them). Bring your experience and questions, and if you have extra time, stay after the meeting for follow-up questions with the presenters.

Previous Call Topics

1/14/21 All About CaRCC (… beyond the R-F Track) video
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11/12/20 CaRCC End-Of-Year Party doc
11/12/20 Profiling and Optimizing R Code in Your Workloads video
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10/08/20 Writing More Equitable Job Postings video
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09/10/20 Supporting research projects on the cloud video unavailable
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07/09/20 Big Data, Big Compute Solutions, a Community Discussion video
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05/14/20 Remote Support (cont’d): Working with Your Team Remotely video
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04/09/20 Sharing Good Practices in Remote User Support & Training video
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03/12/20 User Support via Ask.CI and Locales video
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02/13/20 Doing it in public: User support via Slack, open forums, Github repos and blogs video
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01/09/20 Handling Support Requests – A Community Discussion video
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12/12/19 University of Missouri reports and Researcher Facing/CI-Engineer Metrics video
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11/14/19 Open OnDemand User Experiences & Challenges video
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10/10/19 An Expansion of User Support Services for the Research Computing Group at the University of Colorado Boulder video slides doc
09/12/19 A Startup Framework for Building Digital Research Capacity and Community at UCLA slides
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08/08/19 PEARC19 recap!
07/11/19 Creating effective training materials
06/13/19 Lightning talks / Open mic sessions on track topics

Track Coordinators

Claire Mizumoto, Dir. Research IT Services, U. California, San Diego
Bob Freeman, Dir Research Technology Operations, Harvard Business School
rf-coordinators@carcc.org to contact both Claire and Bob

Steering Committee Members (alphabetically)
Katia Bulekova
Dirk Colbry
Martin Cuma
Christina Koch
Amy Neeser
Janna Ore Nugent
Wiriwan Purwanto
Erin Shaw