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Professionalization in Cyberinfrastructure Workshop

Workshop: Professionalization in Cyberinfrastructure

Date: January 23-24, 2017

Location: University of California, Santa Barbara

The goal of this National Science Foundation “Research Coordination Network” meeting involves bringing together cyberinfrastructure experts (HPC, software, data, infrastructure) and organizational experts to discuss professionalization and career paths for the emerging cyberinfrastructure workforce that is increasingly important to science.

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Cyberinfrastructure-related occupations can benefit from professionalization by gaining legitimacy, establishing standards of excellence, and providing career paths.  The workshop addresses and explores professionalization with organizational experts who specialize in workforce issues facing technical occupations.

For details about the workshop see:  Workshop home page

Supported by NSF RCN Award #1148996 (“RCN for Managing Collaborative Centers”).

CASC Pilot Benchmark Results Report

Berente & Rubleske just posted the first set of benchmarks for CASC on SSRN.  The report is entitled: “Academic Computing Management Benchmarks: Beta Version – A Report on a Pilot Survey of the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computing (CASC) Members” and can be downloaded here:


The idea was to illustrate the potential for management benchmarking to the CASC community, while laying the groundwork for the development of an annual management benchmarking survey. CASC is the “Coalition for Academic Scientific Computing” and is made up of a variety of computing organizations – from the biggest supercomputing centers to local university research computing groups and everything in between.

The next step will be to refine the items and roll out “Version 1” of the actual benchmarks in Fall 2013.

First ‘Managing Cyberinfrastructure’ Workshop a Success!

On October 6-8, 2011, we held our first  “Managing Cyberinfrastructure” workshop in Athens, Georgia (at the beautiful University of Georgia). See:

In this worshop, ideas from the first year of research into computationally-intensive centers were shared with center managers to see if these ideas make sense, and if they are potentially valuable directions for future research. We are finalizing a report from this workshop that should be posted soon…

The bottom line is that people were interested and engaged! Centers are growing and becoming complex and themes from organizational science are resonating with center managers.