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Webinar: Meaningful Metrics—Selecting the Right Ones for Your Gateway

September 12, 2018

Meaningful Metrics—Selecting the Right Ones for Your Gateway

Presented by Ann Zimmerman, Principal and Founder, Ann Zimmerman Consulting

Metrics are all the rage. Potential funders often require you to list them in your proposal. Advisory boards, current funders, and review committees want to see them in progress reports. Even users can find metrics helpful for deciding whether your gateway is worth contributing data or resources to, spending time to learn how to use, or adding to their course curriculum. Most important of all, you need metrics to help tell you if your gateway is succeeding. But how do you come up with a reasonable number of the “right” metrics to measure your gateway’s progress and impact?

This webinar will:

  • cover the characteristics of meaningful metrics
  • provide guidance for determining your gateway's metrics along with a checklist to help you determine if they make the grade
  • show examples of metrics applicable to different types of gateways
  • offer ideas for how to use your metrics to drive your gateway to success

The webinar is intended to be useful to those who need to identify metrics, are in the process of doing so, or already have them in hand. You will get the most out of the webinar, however, if you come with a definition of what it means for your gateway to be successful. For example, what are its goals? How do you hope your gateway will change the world – even a little bit? You don’t have to share your definition, but you will benefit most from the webinar if you have it written down and in front of you during the webinar.

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Webinar: Hosting Gateways on Bridges, a Converged HPC, AI, and Big Data Platform

August 8, 2018

Hosting Gateways on Bridges, a Converged HPC, AI, and Big Data Platform

Presented by Sergiu Sanielevici, Director, User Support for Scientific Applications, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Bridges converges high-performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence (AI), and Big Data and offers a familiar and exceptionally flexible user environment, applicable to whatever data analytics or simulation exceed groups’ local capabilities. Supported by NSF award 1445606, Bridges is designed to enable communities and applications that traditionally have not used high performance computing (HPC). Science gateways provide a particularly effective means for bringing the power of HPC and high performance data analytics (HPDA) to domain experts and students having little or no exposure to HPC, HPDA, or even Linux. To drive science gateways, Bridges provides dedicated hardware for running persistent databases and web servers, together with virtual machines (VMs) and containers for provisioning specific, secure software environments. In this overview, we will describe the design and features of Bridges that are conducive to deploying science gateways. We will also highlight The Causal Web as an example that leverages key elements of HPDA (specifically, causal analysis using Bridges’ large-memory nodes) and Big Data.

Questions about or seeking help with Bridges? Email

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Special Edition Webinar: Takeaways from the Science Gateways Bootcamp

June 27, 2018

Special Edition Webinar: Takeaways from the Science Gateways Bootcamp

Presented by Science Gateways Bootcamp participants:
Anna-Maria Escherich, University of Texas, Austin, and NSF NeuroNex Hub for 3D Electron Microscopy
Gwen Jacobs, University of Hawaii and IKE Gateway
Drew LaMar, College of William and Mary and QUBES gateway
Suzanne Pierce, University of Texas, Austin, and Intelligent Systems for Geosciences
Derrick Poon Young, retired chairman of the board of Cancer Computer

SGCI offers two Science Gateways Bootcamps each year. This "special edition" webinar offers two excellent opportunities to attendees:

If you're wondering whether Bootcamp is what your project needs, this will give you a flavor of what's in store for you. The next application deadline will be Friday, June 29.

If you'd like to pick up some useful tools, resources, and advice, enjoy a selection of perspectives and ideas from people who've traveled (or are traveling) the same gateway journey as you! Here are the topics we'll be covering:

  1. Tools from Bootcamp that I wish I'd known about when I started my project
  2. Resources I've put to use
  3. What "Aha!" moments I had during Bootcamp
  4. Why ___ is more important than I'd realized
  5. What I'm doing differently now (or wish I were doing differently)

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Webinar: Tech Sampler—Lessons learned from using Keycloak and GraphQL in gateways

June 13, 2018

Tech Sampler—Lessons learned from using Keycloak and GraphQL in gateways

Presented by Marcus Christie, Indiana University, and Steven Snyder, Purdue University
Members of the SGCI Extended Developer Support Team

SGCI's Extended Developer Support team works with many different technologies to help gateways build or enhance their services. This webinar features two such technologies: Keycloak and GraphQL.

Keycloak is an Identity and Access Management application that can be used to manage authentication and authorization of users to your gateway. Keycloak is particularly helpful if you need not only to secure access to your frontend but also to secure access to an API backend. Marcus has integrated it with the open-source platform Apace Airavata, described in this Tech Blog.

GraphQL is an alternative to REST services developed at Facebook to support their mobile apps. GraphQL's expressive queries let clients compose operations using the types that have been defined as building blocks, which makes it particularly suitable for gateways that are in rapid development periods or those that aim to support multiple client interfaces to a common data layer. You can read Steve's description of this tool in his Tech Blog.

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Webinar: Working in the R Ecosystem: Building Applications & Content for Your Gateway

May 9, 2018

Working in the R Ecosystem: Building Applications & Content for Your Gateway

Presented by Derrick Kearney, Software Engineer, RStudio

The R programming language first appeared on the scene in the 1990's as an open source environment for statistical modeling and data analysis. Throughout the last decade, interest in the language has grown alongside researcher's abilities to collect and store larger amounts of data. Today, scientific and business decisions increasingly rely on the interpretation of this data. New libraries for processing data and communicating results are being debuted in ways that break down traditional language silos. Technologies like interactive documents, HTML based applications, and RESTful APIs have exposed capability gaps between R's interfaces for numerical analysis libraries and its built-in ability for graphical display. In this webinar, Derrick Kearney will survey several R libraries that are helping people bridge the gap between their R-based analysis and the numerous ways people are representing results today, all of which can be published on your science gateway, thus extending your research impact to others in a reproducible way.

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