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!

Join Us!

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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 Jan 14, 2021 1pm ET/ 12pm CT/ 11am MT/ 10am PT/ 8am HT

Title: All About CaRCC (… beyond the R-F Track)
Presenter(s):
Tom Cheatham, University of Utah
Lauren Michael, University of Wisconsin
Dana Brunson, Internet2
Patrick Schmitz, Semper Cogito Consulting

Description:
The Researcher-Facing Track would like to take the opportunity to start 2021 by pausing, reflecting, and asking “Who are we?” CaRCC has grown and evolved over the past two to three years — the People Network alone currently has over 900 persons on its mailing list; and the number of working groups has approximately doubled. Many persons within CaRCC and part of the Ecosystem are hard at work “boundary spanning” — bringing groups together, sharing ideas, and helping both the RCD profession and the research & researchers we support. We will give attendees an overview & update on the organization; highlight some key, example activities and outputs of a couple Working Groups, and conclude with Engagement. This is a great time to invite new colleagues to come and learn about CaRCC, its activities, and how to Get Started or Get Involved!

Previous Call Topics

11/12/20 CaRCC End-Of-Year Party doc
11/12/20 Profiling and Optimizing R Code in Your Workloads video
doc
slides
10/08/20 Writing More Equitable Job Postings video
doc
slides
09/10/20 Supporting research projects on the cloud video unavailable
doc
slides
07/09/20 Big Data, Big Compute Solutions, a Community Discussion video
doc
slides
05/14/20 Remote Support (cont’d): Working with Your Team Remotely video
doc
04/09/20 Sharing Good Practices in Remote User Support & Training video
doc
03/12/20 User Support via Ask.CI and Locales video
doc
02/13/20 Doing it in public: User support via Slack, open forums, Github repos and blogs video
doc
01/09/20 Handling Support Requests – A Community Discussion video
doc
12/12/19 University of Missouri reports and Researcher Facing/CI-Engineer Metrics video
doc
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
doc
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