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The provision of support and training for e-Infrastructure users and potential users

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Presented by Simon Hettrick at the e-Infrastructure Academic User Community Forum, this talk provides a number of recommendations for improving the provision of training for e-Infrastructure.

Presented by Simon Hettrick at the e-Infrastructure Academic User Community Forum, this talk provides a number of recommendations for improving the provision of training for e-Infrastructure.

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  • 1. Provision of support andtraining for e-Infrastructureusers and potential usersSimon Hettrick E-Infrastructure Academic Users.hettrick@software.ac.uk Community Forum, Software 15 April 2013 Sustainabilitywww.software.ac.uk Institute
  • 2. Contributors • Claire Devereux, NES, SeIUCCR, EGI • David Henty, EPCC, PRACE • Ian Bush, NAG • Joy Davidson, DCC • Mike Jackson, Software Sustainability Institute • David Fergusson, eScience and EGEE • Dave Cable, Hartree Centre • All slides provided under Software Sustainabilitywww.software.ac.uk Institute
  • 3. Increase the use of e-Infrastructure • More users • More diverse users • More expert users Software Sustainabilitywww.software.ac.uk Institute
  • 4. The Venn of training Programming Numerical Cloud languages algorithms Between the Software Scientific Managing laptop and engineering computing research data supercomputer Introduction to Beyond the GUI programming HPC concepts Software Sustainabilitywww.software.ac.uk Institute
  • 5. #1 Understand what training resources are already available • Survey current training resources • Link resources to provide a route from amateur to expert • Identify gaps in provision Software Sustainabilitywww.software.ac.uk Institute
  • 6. #2 Share information about training resources • Provide a resource that links training courses and material • Must be easy to add training • A curated resource is more valuable than a non-curated one Software Sustainabilitywww.software.ac.uk Institute
  • 7. #3 Provide incentives to produce good training materials and share them • The incentive depends on who produces the materials • Good materials gain more users • Provide access to technical writers Software Sustainabilitywww.software.ac.uk Institute
  • 8. #4 Improve communication between training providers • A workshop for e-Infrastructure training providers • A regular updates to maintain interest • Plus mailing list, etc. Software Sustainabilitywww.software.ac.uk Institute
  • 9. #5 Include the research software engineers in training planning • Research software engineers have successfully trained themselves • The Software Sustainability Institute is working to understand this role and its contribution Software Sustainabilitywww.software.ac.uk Institute
  • 10. What’s next? • Grow community of trainers • Survey training resources • Organise a workshop • Prepare a report and disseminate Software Sustainabilitywww.software.ac.uk Institute
  • 11. “Everyone thinks that training is expensive, but the cost of not having it is higher” - Dave Fergusson Software Sustainabilitywww.software.ac.uk Institute
  • 12. Recommendations 1. Understand what training resources are already available 2. Share information about training 3. Provide incentives to produce good training materials and share them 4. Improve communication between training providers 5. Include the research software engineers in training planning Software Sustainabilitywww.software.ac.uk Institute