Gateway Focus Week brings together a cohort of gateway creators to work together on developing sustainable plans for their gateways

Want to learn gateways, from start to finish?

Our Incubator-organized Focus Week is a five-day, intensive workshop for leaders of gateways who want to further develop and scale their work. Participants will engage in hands-on activities to help them articulate the value of their work to key stakeholders and to create a strong development, operations, and sustainability plan. Workshop participants will work closely with one another and, as a result, have the opportunity to network and establish relationships with people who are engaging in similar activities.

Focus Weeks are offered twice per year. There is no cost to participate in Focus Week. Breakfast, lunch, and some dinners are provided. Attendees only pay for travel, hotel, and remaining dinners. 

Participants will learn

  • Core business strategy skills as they apply to leading an online digital presence, such as understanding stakeholder and user needs; business, operations, finance, and resource planning; and project management;

  • Best practices, including the principles of cybersecurity; development practices, and tools that ensure implementation of strong software engineering methods; usability do’s and don’ts; and

  • Long-term sustainability strategies, such as alternative funding models; case studies of successful gateway efforts; licensing choices and their impact on sustainability; planning for and measuring your impact.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have developed a "pitch deck" of their sustainability strategy and identified the key action steps to get there. Participants will also build relationships with other participants engaged in creating gateways and learn about the in-depth consultations they might seek from the SGCI.


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Read about the
September 2019
Focus Week


“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.”

Erin Robinson
Executive Director
ESIP Data Management Training


"I've gained a flexible toolkit for sustainability planning. I now know the kinds of questions I should be asking and have a structure for refining my thinking on sustainability. The Bootcamp [Focus Week] was intense, but fun as well." 

Catrina Adams, Ph.D.
Director of Education, Botanical Society of America
PlantingScience gateway