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!

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)

Title: Sharing Good Practices in Remote User Support: A micro-panel & open community discussion
Speaker: Amy Neeser, University of California Berkeley, Anita Orendt, University of Utah, and the rest of the RF community
Thu Apr 9th, 2020, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT/ 8a HT
Description
: Like many others, researcher-facing professionals have moved their activities online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this month’s call, join your colleagues in discussing best practices to support our user communities remotely and to engage participants in virtual workshops & trainings.

Previous Call Topics

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

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