Working Groups have been formed around key areas of interest in Research Computing, Research Cyberinfrastructure, and Research IT. The purpose of the Working Groups is to generate recommendations that flow to the full Advisory Council, and then to the Executive Committee, and in turn to the Vice-President for Research, with the ultimate goal of working in conjunction with IT units on campus and influencing the suite of IT services, systems, processes, and policies that affect researchers across the University. The Working Groups are charged with the collection of up-to-date researcher use cases to aid in the ability of RCCI to address current and future issues, in addition to ensuring that the interests of Penn State Research are well represented and strongly considered while working with the Office of Information Security and Penn State IT originated information gathering initiatives.
Working Groups are one of the three types of sub-committees supported by the RCCI Advisory Council:
- Working Groups:
A diverse group of stakeholders and subject matter experts who examine issues across various services and topics that are critical to research. RCCI AC Working Groups generate recommendations that flow to the full RCCI Advisory Council and to the RCCI Executive Committee (EC), and in turn to the Vice President for Research, with the ultimate goal of working in conjunction with IT units on campus and influencing the suite of IT services, systems, processes, and policies that affect researchers across the University.
- Task Forces:
A small group of stakeholders and subject matter experts who are focused on a specific issue with the goal of making recommendations to the RCCI Advisory Council for addressing that issue. A task force is typically dissolved once its goal has been accomplished, however one of the recommendations of the task force could be that it continues its work, perhaps in another form, or that it switches its focus to a related issue that was exposed in the process of executing its function(s).
- Advisory Panels:
A group of stakeholders and subject matter experts tasked with providing advice, typically to leadership-level individuals, on a specific subject area. Some panels are created upon request and some panels are created when an RCCI AC Working Group determines that it no longer needs to meet regularly and has evolved into primarily an advisory role.