Birds of a Feather
Northeast Cyberteam Program - a Workforce Development Strategy for Research Computing at Small and Medium Sized Institutions
Event Type
Birds of a Feather
Building Community
TimeTuesday, July 305:15pm - 6:15pm
LocationCrystal A
DescriptionThe Northeast Cyberteam is an NSF-funded program that aims to make regional and national cyberinfrastructure more accessible to researchers at small and mid-sized institutions that lack the critical mass to support these resources on campus. The program is starting its third year of operation in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. We are taking a two-pronged approach:

* Build a regional pool of research computing facilitators (RCFs), and a process to share them across institutional boundaries.

* Develop web-based tools and information to enable self-service learning by RCFs and end users.

Central to the Cyberteam Program is the idea of giving interested students hands ­on RCF experience while advancing research/education projects that need assistance. Toward that end, we have launched 28 projects over the past two years that pair student facilitators with experienced mentors to work with researchers and educators at small and medium sized institutions who have specific near term needs.

The program relies heavily on the Northeast Cyberteam Portal, which serves three purposes: (1) manage project workflows and capture results; (2) serve as a front door to the self­-service learning resources; and (3) encapsulate the knowledge and experience that we are gaining, with the goal of making it possible to replicate the methodology in other regions.

At this BOF, we will describe the Northeast Cyberteam process; demonstrate the tools that support it; and share plans for future enhancements. We are especially interested in engaging others who might have interest in replicating the model.