Newsletter for research computing decision makers and managers

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Research Computing is a tough field that combines the challenges of many disciplines. Like academia, we often work with team members who are trainees, not employees; like nonprofits we are called on to enact real changes with ongoing programmes or products while funded only by budgets dependent on multiple short-term grants. The newsletter is about the genuinely hard day-to-day work of designing, building and managing R&D computing teams, projects, and software.

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Specific, relevant, doable guidance


Weekly summaries of previously covered topics with occasional longer posts.

Educational material

Writeups on topics of the day

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Hiring from outside research, writing job ads, onboarding, the responsibility ladder.


One-on-Ones, giving feedback, coaching and training, distributed teams.

Managing upwards, outwards

Building and sustaining support for projects, shepharding multi-institution collaborations, communications.

Career paths

for our team members and ourselves.

Computing, data, and academic credit

Supporting research communities and crediting your team members efforts.

Automation and reproducibility

Reducing toil and writing machine-readable documentation.

Lifecycle of development

R&D software and systems planning and development throughout the lifecycle.

Grants and Sustainability

How to sustain the research computing and data products you're building.

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