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.

Next meeting

June 21, 2017 1-2pm

Room 334 Bascom Hall (500 Lincoln Drive)

See future meetings

Works in progress

Current group

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Members

Name Role Campus Unit
Steve Ackerman Associate Vice Chancellor for Research OVCRGE
Jan Greenberg Associate Vice Chancellor for Research OVCRGE
Nadine Connor Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Policy & Compliance OVCRGE
Nicholas Tincher (chair) Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology & CIO OVCRGE
Scott Nolin Instrumentation Innovator Space Sciences & Engineering Center (OVCRGE Center)
Mark Sweet Director for Electronic Research Administration Research & Sponsored Programs
Lee Konrad Associate Librarian General Library System
Jan Cheetham Research Cyberinfrastructure Liaison Office of the CIO
Miron Livny Chief Technology Officer Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
David Page Professor, Biostatistics and Medical Informatics SMPH
Katrina Forest Professor, Bacteriology CALS
Paul Wilson Professor, Engineering Physics Engineering
Jim Walker Professor, Economics L&S
Sridhara Dasu Professor, Physics L&S
Jee-Seon Kim Professor, Educational Psychology Education
Caprice Greenberg Professor, Surgery SMPH
Rick Konopacki Network and Security Group Manager SMPH
Andy Arnold Director Social Sciences Computing Cooperative

Meeting docs

RTAG Meetings 2017

RTAG will be scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 1:00-2:00pm in Room 1360, Biotechnology Building (425 Henry Mall)

January 18, 2017

February 15, 2017

March 15, 2017

April 19, 2017

May 17, 2017

 

Charter

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

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.

Authorization of the Research Technology Advisory Group

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

Name Title Role
Marsha Mailick Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE) Executive Sponsor
Michael Lehman Special Advisor to the Chancellor Executive Sponsor

 

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 cyberinfrastructure 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.

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 a service-centric approach in fostering innovation, wisely leveraging emerging technologies, and advocating 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.

Scope

The scope of the Research Technology Advisory Group (RTAG)’s work will include research cyberinfrastructure — hardware, software, personnel, and policies that support data acquisition, data generation, data storage, data management, data integration, data mining, data visualization, and other information processing and computing services — and research administration. Using the “research lifecycle” as a metaphor, RTAG will broadly represent the research enterprise and include constituents who are involved at multiple levels and stages within the research process. More specifically, RTAG will have representation from the overall administration of research including the grants process, funding, policy, and compliance, the research process (including high throughput, high performance, and other computing, analysis, data storage and other infrastructure), data management, and the publications process (e.g. archiving, publications, and open access).

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 cyberinfrastructure, 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 cyberinfrastructure 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 cyberinfrastructure 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 cyberinfrastructure and information technology within the research enterprise so that UW-Madison researchers are more competitive.
  • Collaborative: Forge partnerships with peer governance and advisory groups (e.g. Information Technology Committee [ITC], IT Steering Committee [ITSC], University Research Council [URC], Research Policy Advisory Committee [RPAC], Associate Deans for Research, and campus research administrators at large) and work toward advancing the cyberinfrastructure and information technology services in the research enterprise.

Membership

The Research Technology Advisory Group (RTAG) should have broad representation from research computing and research administration. For an effective balance in serving the mission of RTAG, 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 appointed by the VCRGE through nominations
  • (2) Campus Academic Staff

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

The Office of 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 reappointments possible.

The Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate (VCRGE) will be responsible for the final selection of members to RTAG. The VCRGE will appoint the Chair of the RTAG and select three members of RTAG to serve on the IT Steering Committee.

Operations

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 of RTAG, the three representatives to the IT Steering Committee, and one additional RTAG member, all appointed by the VCRGE, will serve as the Executive Committee.

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.

 

Works in Progress

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Risk Management Framework

PolicyCIO12/01/2016RTAG review 2/15/17