University of Alabama, Birmingham, United States of America
Computing has become an essential component of research and education for nearly every scientific discipline. Meeting the need for research computing facilitators (RCFs); support staff who can help faculty make the best use of available computing resources; is a significant challenge for small and mid-sized institutions that do not have the critical mass to build teams of RCFs on site. The NSF-sponsored Northeast Cyberteam is addressing this challenge by building a process by which research computing facilitators can be shared across institutional boundaries while also developing self-service tools that reduce the support burden.
The Connect.Cyberinfrastructure Portal, developed to support the Northeast Cyberteam, has enabled adoption of program methods by other communities of practice and collaboration with the broader research computing community. A pilot expansion effort was initiated in July 2020 to explore collaborative opportunities. Progress and preliminary findings are discussed.