Campus Champions: Building and sustaining a thriving community of practice around research computing and data

Marisa Brazil, Dana Brunson, Aaron Culich, Lizanne DeStefano, Douglas Jennewein, Tiffany Jolley, Timothy Middelkoop, Henry Neeman, Lorna Rivera, Jack Smith, Julie Wernert

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations

Abstract

The digital research landscape has changed dramatically over the years, as campuses across the nation have gained access to local research computing resources and services. The Campus Champions program, [1] founded in 2008, has also evolved with these changes to accommodate and support the diversity and growth of the research computing community that we have long supported. Our mission, to promote and facilitate the effective participation of a diverse national community of institutions in the application of advanced digital resources and services to accelerate scientific discovery and scholarly achievement, has been made possible by sustained funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) via the eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) [2] over the past ten years, and has enabled the Campus Champions program to support campus cyberinfrastructure and to foster a thriving community of practice [3] with nationwide impact. To facilitate the continued growth and sustainability of the Campus Champions program beyond XSEDE, and to provide a deeper understanding of the Champion culture and needs, the Champions Sustainability Working Group and the XSEDE Evaluation team conducted a climate study in 2018. The recommendations provided by the climate study will inform our Leadership Team and staff on how we may further our community outreach goals and plan for the future of the program. This paper will highlight and discuss the development, implementation, key findings, and recommendations from that study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing
Subtitle of host publicationRise of the Machines (Learning), PEARC 2019
PublisherICST
ISBN (Electronic)9781450372275
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 28 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event2019 Conference on Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing: Rise of the Machines (Learning), PEARC 2019 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Jul 28 2019Aug 1 2019

Publication series

NamePervasiveHealth: Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare
ISSN (Print)2153-1633

Conference

Conference2019 Conference on Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing: Rise of the Machines (Learning), PEARC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago
Period7/28/198/1/19

Keywords

  • Community of practice
  • Cyberinfrastructure
  • Research computing
  • Sustainability
  • Workforce development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Informatics

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