SGCI webinars bring together community members across the globe.

Webinar: Galaxy—Powering Science from the Desktop to Global Cyberinfrastructure

June 24, 2020

Presented by Nate Coraor, System Administrator, Penn State University, Galaxy Project Team Member

Part four of a series of webinars providing an introduction to a variety of gateway platforms that can be used for building new gateways.

In addition to being open source software, Galaxy is a cloud service available for free to researchers worldwide at usegalaxy.org. From its humble beginnings on a server in a closet at Penn State to a collection of physical and virtual hosts at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), the free public site offers researchers worldwide free storage and dedicated compute, as well as scalable compute time on the NSF-funded Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). As a community-focused and -driven software project, Galaxy is also run by academic, research, and commercial institutions for public and private purposes, on premises and in the cloud. This talk highlights some of the technologies and development projects that have made this diversity of deployments possible.

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Webinar: Galaxy Project—Enabling an active global research community

May 13, 2020

Galaxy Project: Enabling an active global research community

Presented by Dave Clements, Galaxy Training and Outreach, Johns Hopkins University

Galaxy is an open-source platform for data integration and analysis in the life sciences. It is deployed in hundreds, possibly thousands, of organizations, and is used by tens of thousands of researchers around the world. This talk will highlight the Galaxy Project's emphasis on community, outreach, and training, and how the project has shifted from a core US team to a vibrant global community today.

Learn more about Galaxy in this recent Science Node article

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Webinar: Building Science Gateways with Apache Airavata Software and SciGaP Platform Services

April 8, 2020

Building Science Gateways with Apache Airavata Software and SciGaP Platform Services

Presented by

Marlon Pierce, Director, Cyberinfrastructure Integration Research Center, Indiana University, and co-PI, SGCI

Suresh Marru, Cyberinfrastructure Integration Research Center, Indiana University, SGCI Staff

Marcus Christie, Principal Science Gateway Research Consultant, Cyberinfrastructure Integration Research Center, Indiana University, SGCI Staff

Part three of a series of webinars providing an introduction to a variety of gateway platforms that can be used for building new gateways. 

Abstract:
Building and operating an effective science gateway for the long term is harder than you think. This talk describes Apache Airavata and its growing ecosystem of software extensions that can be used to build science gateways. The Science Gateways Platform as a service (SciGaP.org) is a hosted version of Apache Airavata that is operated by the Cyberinfrastructure Integration Research Center (CIRC) at Indiana University. SciGaP makes building and operating gateways both easier and more sustainable. We review several example gateways in diverse research fields that are based on Apache Airavata and that use SciGaP.org services.

About Apache Airavata:
Apache Airavata is multi-tenanted middleware that manages the execution of scientific software and data transfers on XSEDE high performance computers, university clusters, and computational clouds; Airavata also tracks user sessions and metadata for gateway users so that they can review, clone/copy, search, and share metadata about computational experiments. 

Apache Airavata is supplemented by additional open source projects reviewed in this presentation: Custos is security middleware that helps gateways manage user identities, resource access secrets, and groups; the Django-based reference portal framework for Airavata is a Web front end for gateways that can be used both out of the box and as a basis for extensive customization; and the Managed File Transfer service provides an abstraction layer that allows gateways to manage and transfer data distributed across multiple resources.

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Webinar: HUBzero Platform for Scientific Collaboration: Overview of the architecture, features, and sustainability

March 11, 2020

HUBzero Platform for Scientific Collaboration: Overview of the architecture, features, and sustainability

Presented by Nate Snodgrass, Program Manager, HUBzero®

Part two of a series of webinars providing an introduction to a variety of gateway platforms that can be used for building new gateways. 

HUBzero® is an open source software platform for building powerful websites that host analytical tools, publish data, share resources, collaborate, and build communities in a single web-based ecosystem. Initially created by researchers in the NSF-sponsored Network for Computational Nanotechnology to support nanoHUB.org, the HUBzero® platform now supports science gateways from a variety of disciplines built from the HUBzero® platform with a collective of over 2 million visitors a year. In this webinar, the HUBzero® team will review the HUBzero® architecture and middleware with examples of different use-cases.

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Answers to questions asked during the webinar

Feel free to contact info@hubzero.org with questions. 

Q: Are you looking at TAPIS (Agave) and/or Abaco for remote HPC services?
A: We have talked to folks at TAPIS and Airavata and are having continuing conversations about the possibilities. 

Q: How does the HUBzero platform handle "static" gateway web pages? Can non-developers add/edit without having to redeploy the stack? Or do static pages need to go elsewhere?
A:  Static pages are housed in a Hub, and administrators of the Hub can sign-in and edit pages via an editor. The access point is via a back-end login to manage these pages. For group pages, static pages available in the group space can be edited from the group by managers or users who have assigned roles to manage those pages. 


Special Edition Webinar: Gateway Focus Week—Helping Software and Gateway Projects Get to the Next Level

February 26, 2020

Gateway Focus Week—Helping Software and Gateway Projects Get to the Next Level

Presented by Nancy Maron, Gateway Focus Week Lead Instructor

Looking to build a sustainability plan for your gateway? Planning to write your next funding proposal? Join us for a special edition SGCI webinar, as one of Focus Week's lead instructors, Nancy Maron, shares what is taught during the five-day intensive workshop, previously known as “Science Gateways Bootcamp.” This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Focus Week curriculum and to ask any questions you might have about the workshop.

In 2020 we will be offering the program two times. The application for both sessions is open now! The fist session 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. 

Focus Week 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. 

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Past webinars about Gateway Focus Week: