Looking to build a sustainability plan for your gateway? Planning to write your next funding proposal?
Gateway Focus Week helps software and website projects get to the next level.
The first session of 2020 will be June 1-5 at Columbia University in New York, NY. The second session will be Nov. 30-Dec. 4 at the San Diego Supercomputer Center in La Jolla, CA.
We are monitoring the effects of COVID-19 and will take direction from global, federal, and local health officials on this rapidly evolving situation. Currently, we plan to move forward with the June and December Focus Weeks. We encourage those interested in participating to apply soon so we're aware of your interest and can hold a space for your team in an upcoming Focus Week. Those interested in attending the June session should apply by April 13. We'll contact you that week with updates and to notify you of acceptance status. Read the full COVID-19 statement in the FAQs.
Our Gateway Focus Week is a five-day intensive workshop that has been carefully designed to benefit teams who want to ensure the sustainability of their gateway projects. Science gateways, which are also commonly referred to as virtual labs, portals, virtual research environments, citizen science projects, eScience, etc., allow research communities to:
Access shared data, software, computing services, instruments, and other resources
Collaborate with their community around a research topic or discipline
Provide training and education materials to a community
During Focus Week, teams engage in hands-on activities that help them articulate the value of their work to key stakeholders. Participating teams produce a strong development, operations, and sustainability plan with a corresponding pitch deck that includes actionable goals. By working closely across teams, participants have the opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences and challenges. Teams also learn how to access consultations, engagement opportunities, and other resources from the SGCI.
Focus Week is offered twice per year and is subsidized by the National Science Foundation. This allows you to attend what would otherwise be a $2,500 per team event at no cost other than travel, hotel, and a few meals. Most lunches and dinners are provided as part of the networking and cohort building activities.
You’ll leave Focus Week with a flexible toolkit that you can use as your project continues to mature.
Here is a small sampling of the topics we’ll cover (and here are the Focus Week instructors):
Identify the primary value that your project brings to its users and community.
Understanding Your Audience & Key Stakeholders
Explore and assess your audiences and stakeholders to better engage them.
Do you ever wonder how you might design and evaluate your gateway to ensure ease of use? Learn the principles of design and usability best-practices through a live usability study.
Discover new ways to tackle your most pressing problem with the help of your peers at Focus Week. The Brain Trust is a guided idea generation exercise that asks participants to extend support past the workshop with light-weight commitments.
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“Before coming to the SGCI Bootcamp [Focus Week], I only had a limited perspective on our gateway from the host institution stakeholder point of view. Taking the time to be fully present during the Bootcamp [Focus Week] to work with my teammate on our project opened my eyes to the real impact our gateway could have, the broader impact we can make in our community, and the opportunities and actions that are low hanging fruit to tackle in the next three months.”
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