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COVID-19 Community Teamwork

March 20, 2020

This post will be updated as new community resources are announced.

Added 3/31: InCommon resources:

Internet2’s Optimizing Your Home Network for Working and Learning:

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and other XSEDE resources

Resources from TrustedCI: Recommendations for reducing cybersecurity risk while working remotely

Keeping Regulated Data Secure during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Trusted CI, NSF CI CoE Pilot, and SGCI Offering Priority help to projects tackling COVID-19.  Email 

Globus:  Effective immediately they are offering access to all Globus features at no cost to every institution engaged in COVID-19 research.  Sign up for free access  ·   Contact Globus customer team

VMware: Now offering a free 90-day trial of Horizon Cloud.

VMware:  Now offering a free 90-day trial of Workspace One.

Century Link:  From an email: Make sure that any medical facility that is connected to an R&E network should be registered with the Dept. of Homeland Security for its telecommunication service priority (TSP) program.  If the customer is a Federal or State agency or supports services deemed mission critical to public health, safety and maintenance of law and order, they can work with the Dept of Homeland Security to apply for a TSP Provisioning Priority code.  That is an industry-wide accepted means of ensuring that telecommunications providers, like CenturyLink, prioritize and expedite services through their provisioning process as well as ensuring any off-net vendors prioritize/expedite services. 

See TSP request process: ; Information on TSP program:


Educause Links Corporate Resources for Higher Ed Going Online During COVID-19:

Great Plains Network Annual Meeting

March 12, 2020

Note:  We are cancelling the face-to-face Annual Meeting in light of the COVID-19 situation.  Stay safe, everyone!  We are considering options with the planned workshops about ways to shift them to a virtual environment.  Due to the nature of several, we may need to postpone them to a time where they can occur in person.

Note: We are watching the COVID-19 situation.  In the event the meeting is cancelled, full refunds will be given.  You can select “invoice me” when registering to pay later.

The Great Plains Network Annual Meeting is May 19-21 at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri.

Registration is open!

Share your success stories by submitting a presentation because the call for presentations is open. 

This year we have a Keynote from Kevin Reape, the General Manager of Mizzou Esports at the University of Missouri, about building an esports program.

We have three workshops this year, including one for graduate students interested in bioinformatics!  Travel support is available for graduate students attending the Kubernetes Genomics Workshop

CyberAmbassadors is hosting a workshop called Communication, Teamwork, and Leadership Training for CyberInfrastructure Professionals.

And we will have an iRODS Workshop, too!

OneNet Seeks Senior Network Engineer

More information:

Open until filled.

  • Successful candidate must have the capability to plan, design, install and implement a variety of network infrastructures.
  • The candidate should also possess the knowledge of telecommunications, networks and computer operating systems. In addition, they should have a comprehensive understanding of TCP/IP and related protocols and technologies.
  • The candidate should be proficient in routing protocol management (OSPFBGPIGRP/EIGRPCDP, and NAT is a plus). Candidate should be proficient in configuration and management of Juniper and Cisco platforms. Must also be able to troubleshoot and provide solutions to telecommunications and application issues.
  • Candidate should demonstrate knowledge of virtual platforms including VMware ESX/ESXi.
  • Candidate should be well versed in high-availability configurations of virtual server environments as well as disaster recovery procedures.
  • Candidate should be proficient in administering and maintaining Unix/Linux Environments, specifically in regard to patching, OS upgrades, and data recovery.

FELLOWSHIP: Dept Homeland Security Program to Empower Partnerships with Industry and Government

March 3, 2020

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Program to Empower Partnerships with Industry and Government

Applications now open – Due Wed Apr 1 2020
Contact: Kendra Lewis-Strickland (


For faculty, research scientists, postdocs, graduate students, or rising junior and senior undergraduate students.

The South Big Data Hub runs The Program to Empower Partnerships with Industry and Government (PEPI-G) to support faculty members, research scientists, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students, across the country, in engaging in research fellowships with our government partners.

Applications are now open so please distribute widely.

The Program to Empower Partnerships with Industry and
Government (PEPI-G)

Applications Now Open – Due April 1, 2020

PEPI-G supports data faculty members, research scientists,
postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students from across the country in working on high level problems for the federal government.

Our 2020 program partner is the Department of Homeland
Security – Advanced Research Projects Agency (DHS-ARPA).  

Qualifying applicants must be:


(2) an academic professional (i.e. faculty, post-doctoral researcher, research scientist, graduate student, or rising junior and senior undergraduates),

(3) able to pass a DHS background check (suitability) and

(4) able to live and work in Washington D.C. for the duration of the fellowship.

Applicants can request 3-6 months for the fellowship.

Selected individuals will receive a stipend of $5000/month to off-set travel costs for relocating to Washington DC. 

PEPI-G applications must be submitted online by 5pm April 1st via the South Big Data Hub PEPI-G Application.  

For questions feel free to contact South Big Data Hub Program
Coordinator, Kendra Lewis-Strickland at