The Research Computing and Data (RCD) Capabilities Model allows institutions to assess their support for computationally- and data-intensive research, to identify potential areas for improvement, and to understand how the broader community views Research Computing and Data support. The Model was developed by a diverse group of institutions with a range of support models, in a collaboration among Internet2, CaRCC, and EDUCAUSE. This Assessment Tool is designed for use by a range of roles at each institution, from front-line support through campus leadership, and is intended to be inclusive across small and large, and public and private institutions.
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Get access to the model by completing this Access Request Form. That will create an individualized copy of the v1.1 RCD CM Assessment tool for your institution. Then, read the Introduction and Guide to Use, and gather your team to complete the assessment. When you’re done with your assessment, use the Community Dataset Submission Form to submit.
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To get help from the RCD CM working group, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or subscribe to the email@example.com discussion list (click here to join). Hear how other institutions are completing their assessment and using it as part of strategic planning. Help is also available by joining our monthly RCD CM Office Hours, subscribe to the capsmodel-discuss list above to receive notifications of office hours dates and times. You can also check out slides and recordings from our previous webinars, workshops, etc.
2021 RCD Capabilities Model Community Data report now available
The second Research Computing and Data (RCD) Capabilities Model Community Dataset report is now available through CaRCC’s RCD Nexus as part of a project funded by the National Science Foundation. The report aggregates assessments contributed by 51 higher education institutions, providing insight into the current state of support for RCD. See also the related post.
Version 1.1 of the RCD Capabilities Model released!
May 13, 2021: Internet2, CaRCC, and EDUCAUSE are pleased to announce that there is a new version of the Research Computing and Data Capabilities Model (RCD CM) just in time for you to complete your Institutional assessment and contribute to the 2021 RCD CM Community Dataset! Read more about the new release.
2020 RCD CM Community Dataset report
The report describes the first Research Computing and Data Capabilities Model Community Dataset, aggregating the assessments of 41 Higher Education Institutions. Read more about the Community Dataset.
Thank you to our contributing institutions!
These institutions contributed assessment data in 2020, 2021, and/or 2022 (a number have completed and contributed updated assessments)*.
|Arizona State University||Rutgers University||University of Guam|
|Boston University||Southern Methodist University||University of Hawaii at Hilo|
|Carleton College||Tennessee Tech University||University of Hawaii System|
|Chaminade University of Honolulu||Texas A & M University||University of Hawaii West Oahu|
|Cornell University||The Jackson Laboratory||University of Kentucky|
|George Mason University||The Ohio State University||University of Maryland, College Park|
|Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences||University of Alberta||University of Massachusetts Boston|
|Kennesaw State University||University of Arkansas||University of Nevada Reno|
|Louisiana State University||University of British Columbia||University of New Mexico|
|Michigan State University||University of California Berkeley||University of Rhode Island|
|Montana State University||University of California Los Angeles||University of South Carolina|
|North Carolina State University||University of California Merced||University of South Dakota|
|Northwestern University||University of California San Diego||University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio|
|Pennsylvania State University||University of California Santa Barbara||University of Utah|
|Princeton University||University of Cincinnati||University of Washington|
|Purdue University||University of Delaware||Yale University|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||University of Florida|
Upcoming events related to the Capabilities Model
- 2023 Office Hours are scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1pm ET. Come join the discussion, get help, and hear how others are using the Model.
See also Previous RCD CM Events and Materials for recordings and slides of webinars, workshops, etc.
The Working Group has calls every second Wednesday at 11 AM (Pacific time). If you want to help shape the development of the Capabilities Model, write use at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the chairs:
Thanks also to former co-Chair Claire Mizumoto (UC San Diego).
Read More about the Capabilities Model
This work has been supported in part by an RCN grant from the National Science Foundation (OAC-1620695, PI: Alex Feltus, “RCN: Advancing Research and Education through a national network of campus research computing infrastructures – The CaRC Consortium”), and by an NSF Cyberinfrastructure Centers of Excellence (CI CoE) pilot award (OAC-2100003, PI Dana Brunson, “Advancing Research Computing and Data: Strategic Tools, Practices, and Professional Development”).