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Please join the Research IT Reading Group for a debrief by Patrick Schmitz (Research IT) on several March conferences: 
Coalition for Academic Scientific Computing (CASC)
Advancing Research Computing on Campuses: Best Practices Workshop (ARCC Workshop, hosted by ACI-REF)
Research Data Alliance (RDA) 

When: Thursday, May 7 from noon - 1pm
Where: 200C Warren Hall, 2195 Hearst St (see building access instructions on parent page).
Event format: The reading group is a brown bag lunch (bring your own) with a short ~20 min talk followed by ~40 min group discussion.

Please review the following in advance of the 5/7 meeting:
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Read the meeting summaries and browse additional notes and presentations as time or interest allow.

CASC and ARCC: 
Patrick's notes from ARCC and CASC (see first page for summary)


RDA
  

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Attending:

Aaron Culich, Research IT
Aron Roberts, Research IT
Camille Villa, Research IT
Chris Paciorek, Statistics / Research IT
David Greenbaum, Research IT
James McCarthy, SSL
Larry Conrad, CIO
Mark Chiang, IST-EDW
Patrick Schmitz, Research IT
Rick Jaffe, Research IT
Ron Sprouse, Linguistics
Steve Masover, Research IT
Steven Carrier, School of Education

 

RDA


[Chris's RDA video]

* RDA is a young, international grass-roots organization. Coalition of individuals and orgs, organized into working groups.
* Themes: focus on outputs, deliverables that can be used; part of plenary encouraged adoption of these.
* Bias toward scientific data, but some representation of humanities, ethnography, archaeology -- and quite a few librarians.

Patrick notes that RDA is one of the few places where humanities scholars are engaged in NSF-funded work.


ARCC, CASC, CIO/VCR Summit - Patrick

* Materials from some of these have yet to be published. We'll send out links on the Reading Group list, and a couple of short articles on the Research IT site, as those materials become available.
* ACI-REF -- putting together cohorts of 1 (composite) FTE per institution. Berkeley invited in part because of Research IT's involvement in Digital Humanities. Patrick spoke about this and about Berkeley's experience bringing up a condo model HPC cluster.
* A group of about 12 campuses interested in possibly joining ACI-REF attended the March meeting; looking to possibility of building new cohorts. Strong pushback against forming Yet Another Member Organization w/ dues, etc.
* VCR/CIO Summit -- discussion about coordination and about demonstrating value of shared infrastructure (CENIC, etc.). Faculty engagement emphasized. "Concierge" was the term used at this meeting, but Patrick sees strong similarity to "Research & Education Facilitator" (the REF in ACI-REF).
* Venues that faculty identify as interesting and decide to attend are opportunities to engage and let them know what we (as Research IT support staff) can offer them
* Discussion of differences in faculty 'types' who may or may not be looking for collaborator-scholars and/or supporting collaborators of a sort that Research IT offers. Is it stage

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