Wednesday, April 17, 2019

In its efforts to provide robust research computing infrastructure, services, and training to meet current and future needs of the UI research community, Research Services has been working to hire and onboard several new staff members. A new high-performance computing (HPC) model was implemented, and a service review was conducted on GitHub (a repository for storing code). A service review is underway for the Research Data Storage Service (RDSS) and Large-Scale Storage Service (LSS).

To help decrease administrative burden on the research community, self-service permission management is being rolled out for the RDSS, provisioning of new HPC accounts is being automated, and a standard form and process is being implemented for research IT security plans.

To advance the strategy of providing a campus-wide framework of IT support and services supporting research, Research Services implemented a new organizational structure that will help accommodate growth, and is developing strategies for growing careers in research computing. Opportunities for integrating specialized research systems support with Carver College of Medicine are being explored.

A communication manager was hired to help increase awareness of available research services, and a new research administration reporting system was created for pre-award data—a tactic for developing business intelligence tools to help guide the university’s research portfolio.