Research Computing and Data Capabilities Model

In partnership with Internet2, contributors to CaRCC have worked toward a Research Computing and Data Capabilities Model that allows organizations to assess their current capabilities. A workshop bringing elements of the community together was held in December 2018, and a follow-on group of volunteers is continuing to develop the Capabilities Model.

A workshop was held at PEARC 19 in July 2019 and at EDUCAUSE in mid-October 2019, providing an introduction to the model, and to the assessment tool.

We recently renamed this model and the associated working group from the “Research IT Maturity Model” to the “Research Computing and Data Capabilities Model,” based upon input from our community, and in an effort to be more inviting and inclusive in our language.

The working group has completed initial versions of a Google-sheets implementation of an assessment tool, incorporating a broad range of aspects and questions that reflect the work of supporting researchers. An associated Introduction and Guide is also in final review, as well as an online form to simplify getting access to the assessment tool. Look for a public release very soon!

The continuing aim of this working group is to develop an assessment tool that allows organizations to rate or evaluate their capability levels in research computing and data across the facings (researcher-facing, systems-facing, …) and along multiple dimensions. This working group originated out of a “research IT” committee of Internet2, added EDUCAUSE, and in the Fall of 2018, CaRCC. The longer term vision is to grow from the current spreadsheet implementation to an online survey that allows us to develop baseline data that can be shared across the community.

The Working Group has calls every second Wednesday at 11 AM (Pacific time). If you want to support the development of this Capabilities Model, please contact the co-Chairs or!

Current co-chairs: Patrick SchmitzGail Krovitz.

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