Cyberinfrastructure Working Group

Cyberinfrastructure is a rapidly growing and expanding component of information technology focused on distributed computing, data, and communications technology. Hardware and software systems are rapidly being developed and implemented to build the virtual research communities along with the collaborative tools to knit these user communities together. Along with these rapid advances, a well educated and trained workforce needs to be in place to support these activities. This overall process is changing whole disciplines, educational initiatives, and research methodologies. Cyberinfrastructure encompasses a broad array of topics, including:

  • Supercomputing
  • Data centers, including power efficiency
  • Research data management
  • High-capacity, mass-storage systems
  • Scalable interactive visualization
  • State-of-the-art high-performance networks
  • Education and workforce development
  • Grids and middleware

Below are current projects being pursued in this space.

Call For Participation: Research Implications for Networking

Participants may include: IT support and networking staff, research computing staff, and researchers. Ideally, working group staff participants will be able to partner locally with researchers who are actively engaging networks in order to inform this project and provide illustrative use cases. Working groups typically include 12-15 members; calls are held biweekly on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. ET. Send questions or expressions of interest to:

This working group will explore:
  • What research networks are used for and understanding the drivers for them
  • How IT can work with researchers to help them determine what their networking needs are
  • Where research and enterprise networks diverge and how they work together
  • Change in working practices, including support issues for research networks and the evolution of skill sets
  • Networking implications of SDN, virtual networking, and doing research in the cloud

See the full project description

Data Curation

ECAR Data Curation (ECAR-DC) Working Group
An ECAR Campus Cyberinfrastructure (ECAR-CCI) Project
ECAR-DC Roster
Project Co-chairs:

  • Mike Fary, University of Chicago
  • Dan Noonan, Ohio State University

Project Description
This working group aims to answer the question: What is the state of data curation today ... and where do we see it going? The group will identify:

  • Current state of curation practices, including the role of specific disciplinary practices
  • Staff skill sets and roles, including where the people who support curation efforts on campus can be found and how they work
  • Budget implications
  • Recommendations

See the detailed project proposal for more information.
Expected Completion:
June 2017

Research Data Sharing

ECAR Research Data Sharing (ECAR-RDS) Working Group
An ECAR Campus Cyberinfrastructure (ECAR-CCI) Project
Project Co-chairs:

This project began March 2015 as a subgroup of the ECAR Campus Cyberinfrastructure Working Group. ECAR-RDS will look into what we need to build into systems—physical and social—to ensure well-curated data that can be shared the way we want to share it. Questions? Contact us at or visit ECAR Working Groups Governance.

Project Description
The activity of doing research in the 21st century has been and will continue to be increasingly data-intensive, collaborative—making geographic locations more incidental—and technology-enabled through leveraging systems like networks and the cloud. Although discipline-specific repositories exist, overall there has been difficulty sharing data and, as the data become larger and the scientific problems we take on become more complicated, there will be even greater need for collaboration and sharing. This paper will focus on the middle, murky ground of data sharing to look into what we need to build into systems—physical and social—to ensure well-curated data that can be shared the way we want to share it.

Expected Completion: March 2017

See the detailed project proposal for more information.

ECAR Campus Cyberinfrastructure Working Group (ECAR-CCI)

ECAR-CCI Co-chairs:

The ECAR Campus Cyberinfrastructure (ECAR-CCI) Working Group helps educational institutions develop institutional strategies, plan resource deployment, and help users harness and optimize the power and capabilities of these new integrated IT tools and systems for educational and research applications in higher education. The group will emphasize how the various elements of campus cyberinfrastructure combine, in a holistic way, to support the mission of our universities. The working group welcomes input, ideas, and project participation from the higher education community.

Contact us at

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