CyVerse.org provides a platform for researchers studying plant diversity and has helped undergraduate biology students complete their honors theses examining factors affecting root growth. (Credit: Cowpea Diversity panel by James Burridge at URBC, South Africa, 2013)

We connect people and resources to accelerate discovery by empowering the science gateway community.

The Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) was funded by the NSF in 2016 to provide services, resources, community support, and education for creating and sustaining science gateways.

Science gateways are online interfaces that give researchers, educators, and students easy access to specialized, shared resources that are specific to a science or engineering discipline. For example, they may connect to or between instruments (such as telescopes or sensors), data collections, specialized software, or high-performance computing.

While the use of gateways can improve the productivity of researchers significantly, the process of developing, operating, and sustaining a gateway can prove challenging and time consuming. Our services and resources aim to fill that gap. The SGCI is organized into five service areas.

Consulting Services
  • Incubator: Learn best practices from our consultants or Bootcamp
  • Extended Developer Support: Get direct, custom development help
Resources and Learning Opportunities
  • Scientific Software Collaborative: Find gateways or software components (or promote your own)
  • Community Engagement and Exchange: Engage with and learn from the gateways community
  • Workforce Development: Build your career as a student or young professional

Background

The Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) was founded with the mission of providing resources, expertise, community support, and education to the creators of gateways serving science and engineering research and education. Through these channels, we hope to speed the development and application of more robust, less expensive, and more sustainable gateways.

The SGCI is one of two Scientific Software Innovation Institutes funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in August 2016. We were motivated to create this institute in recognition of the growing need for a "community center” that would bring together gateway creators scattered across multiple domain areas. By sharing expertise about technologies and strategies, developers may concentrate on the unique, cutting-edge development needed by their specific user communities.

Our partnership of seven universities represents more than a decade of collaboration in service of science gateways. Our selection of resources and services is based on more than five years of qualitative and survey research to better understand how gateways succeed, how creators could benefit from supplemental services and resources, and where gateways might develop in the future.