Seminar - The Science Gateways Community Institute: International Collaboration on World-Wide Scale

School of Engineering and Computer Science Seminar

Speaker: Sandra Gesing, Department of Computer Science and Engineering Computational Scientist, Center for Research Computing University of Notre Dame
Time: Thursday 2nd November 2017 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Cotton Club, Cotton 350

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Science gateways - also called virtual research environments or virtual labs - allow science and engineering communities to access shared data, software, computing services, instruments, and other resources specific to their disciplines. The US Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI), opened in August 2016, provides free resources, services, experts, and ideas for creating and sustaining science gateways. It offers five areas of services to the science gateway developer and user communities: the Incubator, Extended Developer Support, the Scientific Software Collaborative, Community Engagement and Exchange, and Workforce Development. While all these services are available to US-based communities, the Incubator, the Scientific Software Collaborative and the Community Engagement and Exchange serve also the international communities. SGCI aims at supporting beyond borders on international scale with diverse measures and to form and deepen collaborations with partner organizations and coalitions beneficial and/or related to the science gateways community. Research topics are independent of national borders and researchers spread worldwide can benefit from each other’s research results, software, data and from lessons learned — via online materials and publications or at international events. The gateway community has benefitted from this type of exchange for years and one mission of SGCI is to support the international community. This talk will present related work describing the benefits of international collaborations generally, and specifically as they relate to science gateways. It will go into detail regarding SGCI’s ongoing work on an international scale and SGCI's work planned in the near future to foster collaborations under consideration of challenges such as different timezones and long distances between collaborators.

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