New EDUCAUSE ECAR Working Group: Research Implications for Networking

March 9, 2017

This working group will explore:

  • What research networks are used for and understanding the drivers for them
  • How IT can work with researchers to help them determine what their networking needs are
  • Where research and enterprise networks diverge and how they work together
  • Change in working practices, including support issues for research networks and the evolution of skill sets
  • Networking implications of SDN, virtual networking, and doing research in the cloud

Participants may include: IT support and networking staff, research computing staff, and researchers. Ideally, working group staff participants will be able to partner locally with researchers who are actively engaging networks in order to inform this project and provide illustrative use cases. The group will produce a white paper to inform researchers on why networking is important.

Working groups typically include 12-15 members; calls are held biweekly on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. ET. Send questions or expressions of interest to kwetzel at or ECARWG at