University of Wisconsin–Madison

Research Technology Advisory Group

This group advises the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education in meeting their responsibility to ensure that the policies, practices, and resources around research cyberinfrastructure and information technology are most effectively aligned to support and advance the vibrant research programs at the UW-Madison. See the RTAG charter for details.

At a glance

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Contacts

Dan Negrut
Co-Chair

Andrew Arnold
Co-Chair

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Meetings

November 16, 2020
1:00-2:00 pm

Microsoft Teams

See upcoming meetings

Members

The Research Technology Advisory Group (RTAG) should have broad representation from research computing and research administration. Ex-officio members, unless otherwise specified, will retain voting rights in RTAG. Membership will include representation from the university areas listed below.

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (6 ex-officio members)

  • Associate Vice Chancellors for Research (2 members)
    • Amy Wendt
    • Nora Cate Schaeffer
  • Research Policy and Compliance
    • Nadine Connor
  • OVCRGE Chief Information Officer
    • vacant
  • OVCRGE Centers
    • Scott Nolin (SSEC)
  • RSP
    • Mike Geier

Libraries (1 member)

  • Lee Konrad

Office of the CIO (1 member)

  • Jan Cheetham

CTO of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (1 member)

  • Miron Livny

Faculty (7 members)

  • Sushmita Roy
  • Sridhara Dasu
  • Katrina Forest
  • Jee-Seon Kim
  • Dan Negrut – Co-Chair
  • Jim Walker
  • vacant

Campus Academic Staff (2 members)

  • Andrew Arnold  (Social Science Computing Cooperative) – Co-Chair
  • Michael Masse (SMPH)

Meeting docs

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October 19, 2020

May 18, 2020

April 20, 2020

February 17, 2020

January 27, 2020

December 16, 2019

November 4, 2019

September 16, 2019

May 20, 2019

April 15, 2019

February 18, 2019

December 17, 2018

November 19, 2018

October 15, 2018

September 17, 2018

June 18, 2018

May 21, 2018

April 16, 2018

March 19, 2018

February 19, 2018

January 17, 2018

December 20, 2017

November 15, 2017

October 18, 2017

September 20, 2017

August 16, 2017

This meeting is being cancelled due to multiple faculty members on vacation.

July 19, 2017

June 21, 2017

May 17, 2017

April 19, 2017

March 15, 2017

This meeting was cancelled due to lack of agenda topics.

February 15, 2017

January 18, 2017

December 20, 2016

November 11, 2016

Meetings

RTAG meeting monthly, usually (but not always) on the 3rd Monday of the month. See below for actual dates, times and locations of upcoming meetings.

December 21, 2020 –  1:00-2:00PM (Microsoft Teams)

January 18, 2021 – 1:00-2:00PM (Microsoft Teams)

February  15, 2021 –  1:00-2:00PM (Microsoft Teams)

March 15, 2021 –  1:00-2:00PM (Microsoft Teams)

April  19, 2021 –  1:00-2:00PM (Microsoft Teams)

May 17, 2021 –  1:00-2:00PM (Microsoft Teams)

Charter

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Group Charter

Research Technology Advisory Group (RTAG)
University of Wisconsin – Madison

1. Purpose of this Charter Document

This charter defines the shared direction, guiding principles, membership, and roles and responsibilities for the Research Technology Advisory Group (RTAG) and its subcommittees. This charter will be reviewed and updated annually.

2. Authorization of the Research Technology Advisory Group

The following individuals have authorized RTAG and will serve as its sponsors.

Name Title Role
Steve Ackerman Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE) Executive Sponsor
Lois Brooks CIO and Vice Provost of Information Technology Executive Sponsor

3. Mission

The mission of the Research Technology Advisory Group (RTAG) is to advise the VCRGE in meeting their responsibility to ensure that the policies, practices, and resources around research computing and information technology included in research administration are most effectively aligned to support and advance the vibrant research programs at the UW-Madison. This will be achieved through ongoing assessment, advocacy, advisement and proactive leadership.

4. Guiding Principles

The Research Technology Advisory Group (RTAG) is guided by the following values, principles, and philosophies:

  • Representation: We are committed to serving the diverse objectives of researchers across all four divisions of UW-Madison;
  • Advocacy: We are committed to collecting information and understanding the needs of researchers. RTAG is the channel for bringing information from researchers to the VCRGE and will foster innovation, wisely leverage emerging technologies, and advocate to ensure the advancement of research at UW-Madison;
  • Proactivity: We believe in continuous monitoring and rational investments in resources to achieve superior service offerings, cost-effective controls and processes, and highest quality output;
  • Transparency: We believe in working collaboratively with stakeholders in all levels of the research enterprise and will do so in the spirit of academic freedom, openness, and seeking the truth.

5. Scope

The scope of the Research Technology Advisory Group (RTAG)’s work will include research computing — including human support, software, hardware and data – and research administration. 

6. Roles

The Research Technology Advisory Group (RTAG) will have a campus-wide voice and may engage in any one or a combination of the following roles on particular items, projects, or other activities.

 

  • Leadership: Provide leadership within the research enterprise to advance policies, resolutions, initiatives, operations, or projects concerning the research computing, and information technology needs and priorities of the research enterprise to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE), other executive leaders of the campus, and the IT Steering Committee.
  • Strategic Assessment and Evaluation: Broadly defined to include ongoing assessment of research computing and information technology needs of the research enterprise from a strategic perspective, to identify gaps, and to evaluate the success of the efforts to meet these needs.
  • Advisory: Propose the allocation of resources among the various entities that are charged with meeting research computing and research administration goals and objectives; reviewing and advising on proposed policies, resolutions, initiatives, or projects concerning the technology needs and priorities of the research enterprise.
  • Advocacy: Proactively propose and advocate for advancements in and maturation of research computing and information technology within the research enterprise so that UW-Madison researchers are more competitive.
  • Continuing Education: Propose methods and manners of advancing professional development and furthering the productivity capacity of researchers and the campus workforce via computing.
  • Collaborative: Forge partnerships with peer governance and advisory groups (e.g. Information Technology Committee [ITC], IT Steering Committee [ITSC], University Research Council [URC], Associate Deans for Research, and campus research administrators at large) and work toward advancing the computing and information technology services in the research enterprise.

7. Membership

The VCRGE will be responsible for the final selection of RTAG members, Chair, Vice Chair, subcommittee memberships, and RTAG representation on other committees.

The VCRGE will solicit nominations for membership to RTAG from the Associate Deans for Research from the various Schools and College, the office of Research & Sponsored Programs, the University Research Council and other relevant campus units.

All members of RTAG will be appointed to two-year terms, with one-year extensions or two-year reappointments possible.

The members who occupy the Chair and Vice Chair roles will serve one year in each – the Vice Chair will become the Chair at the end of the Chair’s one-year term, and a new Vice Chair will be appointed by the VCRGE in consultation with the RTAG Executive Committee.

The Research Technology Advisory Group (RTAG) should have broad representation from research computing and research administration. Membership will include representation from the following areas of campus:

  • (6 – ex-officio) Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education
    • (2) Associate Vice Chancellors for Research
    • Research Policy and Compliance
    • OVCRGE Chief Information Officer
    • OVCRGE Centers
    • RSP
  • (1) Libraries
  • (1) Office of the CIO
  • (1) CTO of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
  • (7) Faculty
  • (2) Campus Academic Staff

Ex-officio members, unless otherwise specified, will retain voting rights in RTAG.

8. Operations

8.1 Executive Committee

The Research Technology Advisory Group (RTAG) will have an Executive Committee which will serve to quickly and agilely organize RTAG’s work, manage task forces, and to be responsive to RTAG’s request queue. The Executive Committee will be primarily responsible for setting the agendas for RTAG meetings, for communicating on behalf of RTAG, for interfacing with other governance and advisory groups, for commissioning sub committees, ensuring the review of this charter on a yearly basis, and for reporting on RTAG’s work to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. The Chair and Vice Chair of RTAG, and the three representatives to the IT Steering Committee (who may overlap with the Chair and Vice Chair roles) will serve as the Executive Committee.

8.2 Sub Committees

RTAG will make use of sub committees and special task forces as needed to analyze problems, evaluate projects, recommend solutions, and sometimes implement initiatives. Sub committees and special task forces will be commissioned as necessary by the RTAG Executive Committee, and primarily report directly to the RTAG Executive Committee. The RTAG Executive Committee will assess progress and provide feedback.

8.3 Other Participants

RTAG will be inclusive of the campus research community to attend general RTAG meetings and participate in RTAG-sponsored functions without a formal appointment to RTAG by the VCRGE. These participants will not have voting privileges and may raise topics and participate in RTAG meeting discussions when invited by the Chair or a member of RTAG.

9. Charter Changes

Dec 2016       original charter approved

Feb 2018       vice chair concept (s. 7); term extensions (s. 7); executive sponsorship (s. 2); other participation (s. 8.3)