Webinar: Sustaining Science Gateways—Finding your "best fit" model
March 14, 2018
Sustaining Science Gateways—Finding your "best fit" model
Presented by Nancy Maron, Principal and Founder, BlueSky to BluePrint
Digital projects – science gateways, data repositories, educational websites, and others—have a few things in common. They can deliver a great deal of value to users – by sharing widely sophisticated tools, large data sets, or access to computing capacity among those in the academic sector who really need them to advance their work. But they share something else in common, too: They are devilishly hard to run in a way that permits ongoing growth and expansion.
In this webinar, Nancy Maron, a lead instructor in the Science Gateways Bootcamp, introduces participants to the key elements of sustainability planning – the building blocks for developing Science Gateways that have the best chance for ongoing growth.
The webinar will introduce sustainability models and share some key tactics for identifying the models that are most likely to work for your gateway. We will touch upon funding models, the competitive environment, and audience assessment, to show how these need to be considered in tandem with any plan.
Nancy will also offer a brief overview of the upcoming Science Gateways Bootcamp, running in May 2018.
Resources mentioned during the webinar:
- Nancy Maron, A Guide to the Best Revenue Models and Funding Sources for Your Digital Resources (Ithaka S+R, 2014)
- Places to check for funding for educational gateways: Google Cloud Platform Education Grants and the NSF Directorate for Education and Resources
- It was suggested during the webinar that setting up a non-profit can open doors to more funding opportunities. An example of a gateway that set up a non-profit to manage revenue is the Skyline application. It is described (here: https://skyline.ms/
project/home/begin.view) as a freely-available, open-source Windows client application for building Selected Reaction Monitoring (SRM) / Multiple Reaction Monitoring (MRM), Parallel Reaction Monitoring (PRM), DIA/SWATH and targeted DDA quantitative methods and analyzing the resulting mass spectrometer data. The resulting non-profit is Chorus https://chorusproject. org/pages/index.html, which uses a cloud-based service to provide similar functionality.
- You can reach Nancy @nancymaron on Twitter and via email at email@example.com