MINORITY SERVING -
CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE CONSORTIUM

Who We Are...

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The Minority Serving - Cyberinfrastructure Consortium, or MS-CC, envisions a transformational partnership to promote advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) capabilities on the campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

The MS-CC focuses its efforts on data, research computing, teaching, curriculum development and implementation, collaboration, and capacity-building connections among institutions.

INTELLECTUAL MERIT

Expanding cyberinfrastructure within and across minority serving institutions will enable discovery and scholarship by faculty and staff in these institutions -- expanding the pool of researchers able to leverage computing and data resources. As well, minority serving institutions face cyberinfrastructure constraints that are a product of historical resource constraints. Solutions have the potential to be a leapfrog over settings where there is an embedded cyberinfrastructure. In this regard, there is a potential for innovations to emerge -- where the resource constraints might be seen to some degree as a “feature,” rather than a “bug.”

BROADER IMPACTS

When minority serving institutions are better able to accomplish together what they can’t do separately relative to cyberinfrastructure, three broader impacts can be anticipated.

First, a community of practice will be able to speak in a coordinated way with government agencies, industry representatives, and other key stakeholders in society.

Second, the capacity of these minority serving institutions (HBCUs, HSIs, TCUs, and MSIs) to expand minority talent in the cyberinfrastructure workforce will expand.

Third, research questions relevant to the communities where minority serving institutions are located will benefit from access to advanced computing and data resources in ways that might not otherwise be advanced.

There is not a robust history of collaboration among the minority serving institutions, so the work of the MS-CC involves positive changes in the culture within this community.

BACKGROUND

The MS-CC emerged from an NSF-funded pilot project that was awarded through Clemson University, NSF OAC #1659297 - “CC* Cyber Team: Cyberinfrastructure Empowerment for Diverse Research, Scholarship, and Workforce Development (CI Empower).

This included South Carolina State, Claflin University, Jackson State, and Morgan State Universities, which supported MS-CC meetings, visioning, and chartering efforts.

A working group of 20 attendees formed from our workshop at Georgia Tech in June 2018, and created a MS-CC Chartering document . This charter represents a tangible first step in the community-building process.

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