Data-Facing Track

Do you help researchers compute with data?  The Data-Facing Track of the People Network brings together people from research computing groups, libraries, research institutes, and other organizations who support data-enabled research.  Many of us are also Researcher-Facing, but this track is an opportunity to discuss the varied challenges of working with data.

Topics include:

  • Data science support
  • Bioinformatics, statistics, GIS, and other support
  • Data visualization
  • Data management and curation
  • Data workflows
  • Data transfer and networks
  • Data collection and production
  • Working with big data
  • And more, as determined by our members!

We connect via monthly calls and an email list.

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Monthly Calls

Monthly calls are on the first Tuesday of the month, 1pm ET/12pm CT/11am MT/10am PT. Connection information and links to any materials are distributed via email.

Call Documents Folder

Data-Facing Recordings on YouTube

Upcoming Calls

February 1, 2022, 1 pm ET
Data Perspective on Science Gateways

March 1, 2022, 1 pm ET
Creating National Public Health Databases

April 5, 2022, 1 pm ET
Curating, Archiving, and Sharing Qualitative Data

Track Coordinators

Email the Track Coordinators with feedback, topic ideas, etc., at

Current coordinators:
Amy Koshoffer
Deb McCaffrey

Previous Call Topics

January 4, 2022, 1 pm ET
Casual Tuesday Community Roundtable

November 2, 2021, 1 pm ET
Topic: National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

October 5, 2021, 1 pm ET
Topic: Revisiting the Facilitating Best Practices, pt 1

September 7, 2021, 1 pm ET
Topic: Data Science Ethics

July 6, 2021, 1 pm ET
Topic: Digital Preservation and Access at Scale: Managing the HathiTrust Digital Library

June 1, 2021, 1pm ET
Topic: OSF Integrations

May 4 , 2021, 1 pm ET
Topic: Data Feminism

April 6, 2021, 1 pm ET
Topic: Digital Humanities Platforms

March 2, 2021, 1pm ET
Topic: PLENARY: Using Data to Benchmark your Research Computing and Data Program: The RCD Capabilities Model and Community Dataset

February 2, 2021, 1pm ET
Topic: Casual Tuesday Community Roundtable

December 1, 2020, 1pm ET
Topic: Creating a standard Vocabulary: the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS)

November 3, 2020, 1pm ET
Topic: Teaching Data Skills Remotely: Check-in

October 6, 2020, 1pm ET
Topic: The Power of Electronic Lab Notebooks

September 1, 2020, 1pm ET
Topic: An Institution-wide Examination of Data Needs: NSF EPOC Deep Dive at the University of Cincinnati

August 4, 2020, 1pm ET
Topic: PEARC20 After Party

July 7, 2020, 1pm ET
Topic: What data to keep? Making decisions about confocal microscopy data

May 20, 2020, 12pm ET – Joint People Network Call: Special Day/Time
Topic: Student Workers

April 7, 2020, 1pm ET
Topic: XSEDE Extended Collaborative Support Service (ECSS) and Data Analytics Resources

March 3, 2020, 1pm ET
Topic: Community Organizations: RDAP, ADSA, Big Data Innovation Hubs

February 4, 2020, 1pm ET
Topic: Secure Data Platforms

January 7, 2020, 1pm ET
Topic: Data-Facing Track Open Forum

December 3, 2019, 1pm ET
Topic: Data Science Support Beyond Data Science

November 5, 2019, 1pm ET
Topic: Data Disasters

October 1, 2019, 1pm ET
Topic: IT and Library Collaboration on Data Services

September 3, 2019, 1pm ET
Topic: Mapping the Research Life Cycle

August 6, 2019, 1pm ET
Topic: Data Workflow Case Studies

July 2, 2019, 1pm ET
Topic: Topic-based Networking and Group Discussions

June 4, 2019, 1pm ET
Introduction to Data-Facing Track