- Science gateways today and tomorrow: Positive perspectives of nearly 5,000 members of the research community
- How to cite: Lawrence, KA, Zentner, M, Wilkins-Diehr, N, Wernert, JA, Pierce, M, Marru, S, Michael, S. 2015. “Science gateways today and tomorrow: Positive perspectives of nearly 5,000 members of the research community,” Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience 2015, DOI: 10.1002/cpe.3526.
- Read a pre-publication version
- See the final publication on Wiley’s website
- Download the survey and other materials we used
- The raw data (anonymized) is now available in SPSS, CSV, and Excel formats: http://hdl.handle.net/2022/20379
- View a data-focused poster based on the survey results
- Abstract: Science gateways are digital interfaces to advanced technologies that support science/engineering research/education. Frequently implemented as web and mobile applications, they provide access to community resources such as software, data, collaboration tools, instrumentation, and high-performance computing. We anticipate opportunities for growth within a fragmented community. Through a large-scale survey, we measured the extent and characteristics of the gateway community (reliance on gateways, nature of existing resources) to understand useful services and support for builders and users. We administered an online survey to nearly 29,000 principal investigators, senior administrators, and people with gateway affiliations. Nearly 5,000 respondents represented diverse expertise and geography. The majority of researchers/educators indicated that specialized online resources were important to their work. They choose technologies by asking colleagues and looking for documentation, demonstrated reliability, and technical support; adaptability via customizing or open-source standards was another priority. Research groups commonly provide their own resources, but public/academic institutions and commercial services also provide substantial offerings. Application creators and administrators welcome external services providing guidance such as technology selection, sustainability planning, evaluation, and specialized expertise (e.g., quality assurance, design). Technologies are diverse, so flexibility and ongoing community input are essential, as is offering specific, easy-to-access training, community support, and professional development.
- Who Cares About Science Gateways? A Large-Scale Survey of Community Use and Needs
- How to cite: Lawrence, K. A., Wilkins-Diehr, N., Wernert, J. A., Pierce, M., Zentner, M., and Marru, S. 2014. “Who Cares About Science Gateways? A Large-Scale Survey of Community Use and Needs,” Paper presented at the 9th Gateway Computing Environments Workshop (GCE, at Supercomputing ’14 in New Orleans, LA, 21 Nov. 2014). Published by ACM/IEEE Computer Society (Xplore Digital Library). DOI: 10.1109/GCE.2014.11
- Read the paper in the Xplore Digital Library (requires account)
- Abstract: With the rise of science gateway use in recent years, we anticipate there are additional opportunities for growth, but the field is currently fragmented. We describe our efforts to measure the extent and characteristics of the gateway community through a large-scale survey. Our goal was to understand what type of support services might be provided to the gateway community.
The Science Gateway Community Institute – Supporting Communities to Achieve Sustainability for their Science Gateways by Gesing, S., Dahan, M., Hayden, L.B., Lawrence, K., Marru, S., Pierce, M., Wilkins-Diehr, N. and Zentner, M. (2016) Proceedings of WSSSPE4 (4th Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences), 12 – 14 September 2016, Manchester, UK, CEUR Workshop Proceedings, ISSN 1613-0073.
The members of the Science Gateways Institute planning team have been involved with several projects specifically related to Science Gateway environments. You can read more about these projects, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
- Opening Science Gateways to Future Success: This project provided the impetus for the Institute’s conceptualization grant. One of the key findings of this study, conducted by Nancy Wilkins-Diehr and Katherine Lawrence, was that people who build science gateways are eager for additional support in the planning, technology selection and implementation, and workforce training and ongoing career development of gateway builders. Through the Institute’s conceptualization grant, we refined these expressed needs into an institute that truly meets and supports the needs of the communities developing science gateways.
- A 6-minute video summarizing the results of the NSF-funded project “Opening Science Gateways to Future Success” (July 2012) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ziEt0LRxEA&feature=youtu.be
- This project generated several papers. Additional information about and links to reports from the project can be found here:
- “Roadmaps, Not Blueprints: Paving the Way to Science Gateway Success”: This article summarizes our complete study, synthesizing the input of all five focus groups.
- “Opening Science Gateways to Future Success: The Challenges of Gateway Sustainability”: This is a report on the first focus group conducted in June, 2010.
- “Making science gateways a success”: This is a summary of our GCE Workshop paper.
- Open Gateway Computing Environments (OGCE): OGCE develops and packages downloadable software for building science gateways. Institute team members associated with this project include Marlon Pierce, Suresh Marru, Maytal Dahan, and Nancy Wilkins-Diehr.
- Distributed Web Security for Science Gateways: This project provided an open source, standards-compliant client and server security solutions that leveraged the best-practices already adopted by industry. Institute team members associated with this completed project included Marlon Pierce and Suresh Marru.