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    Update on Research Computing in the Social Sciences, Discovery Phase

    December 18, 2009

    In October Deans Smith and Kosslyn announced the creation of a new group, Research Computing for the Social Sciences (RCSS). This entity, which is being created and managed by IQSS in close collaboration with FAS IT, has been charged with improving the delivery and support of research technology in the Social Sciences. We have been hard at work over the past few months and I wanted to take a moment to update you on our progress.

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    Technology plays an ever increasing role in social science research. Historically, however, an uneven technology environment has existed within the FAS Social Science Division. Some departments have had real IT budgets and multiple technicians in-house, while others have had few resources and relied solely on centralized support. During our difficult budget season last year, nearly everyone was forced to reduce their computing resources to some extent.

    Initial Announcement

    October 6, 2009

    Dear Social Science Department Chairs and Center Directors:

    I write today to notify you that we will consolidate research computing for the Division of Social Sciences into one group named Research Computing for the Social Sciences (RCSS). This group will report up through the Director of IQSS to the Dean of the Division of Social Science, and it will leverage the basic services provided by FAS IT. We will bootstrap RCSS by taking advantage of the extensive technical services and specialized support already available in IQSS.

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