HARC seeks to support the work of those who serve in support roles, enabling the use of cloud-based CI in research. Key outcomes are to produce contributions to the academic record (e.g., papers and presentations) and the development of resources (e.g., training and tools) for the community.
HARC provides direct financial support to research associates in these key support roles. HARC also facilitates workshops, gatherings, and online resources so that they can share experiences and broaden their knowledge, leading to more effective use of cloud offerings. HARC also seeks to improve the understanding of the effectiveness of cloud offerings as compared to traditional premise-based and other community CI options. We do this by examining aspects of the return on investment (ROI) of cloud options, and working to raise awareness in the commercial market of the unique needs of the research community within higher education.