Research IT Reading Group: Leveraging a Research IT Maturity Model for Strategic Decision Making

May 16, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Intended audience: 
Academic Support Staff, Faculty, Graduate Students
Part of series: 

Research IT (computing, data, and related infrastructure and services) is changing at an accelerating rate, while the range of scientific fields and disciplines depending on research cyberinfrastructure is expanding and becoming increasingly diverse. A new Maturity Model for Research IT is being developed that identifies the range of relevant approaches as an input into strategic decision making – with a focus on the front lines of research data and computing infrastructure, broadly defined. It is formatted as a questionnaire, to allow for self-assessment on levels of maturity across a range of measures, from infrastructure, to training and consulting support, to collaboration and sustainability.

The Maturity Model is designed to be useful to a diverse mix of stakeholders engaged with research IT, including campus research computing and data practitioners, the principal investigators and research team members (faculty, staff) with whom they work, and campus leadership. This reading group will provide background of the model and introduce participants to the framework and how it can be applied to a range of different institutions.

Berkeley staff will be working on completing the questionnaire later this Spring, and two upcoming workshops (at PEARC19, and Educause 2019) will provide training to the national community.


Registration is not required.

Series description

The Research IT Reading Group has met biweekly since April 2013 to discuss topics touching support of research at UC Berkeley. Topics typically rotate among:

  • campus researchers describing and discussing their computational and data-intensive research practices and needs;
  • evaluation of new research methods, technologies, and campus services as candidates for support based on fit to Berkeley researchers’ needs and feasibility; and,
  • avenues for collaboration among research support organizations, on campus and nationally, aimed at reaching and assisting a broader community of UC Berkeley domains and researchers.

Reading / review materials are provided a week ahead of each scheduled meeting, which may include peer-reviewed or conference papers, slide presentations, project or technology web sites, etc. 

You are welcome to bring your lunch. Watch the AIS website or subscribe to the mailing list to receive information about the readings (usually sent out a week in advance).