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Webinar: Making Your Gateway Easy to Find—An Introduction to Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

April 11, 2018

Making Your Gateway Easy to Find—An Introduction to Search Engine Optimization

Presented by Shari Thurow, Founder and SEO Director, Omni Marketing Interactive

Do you ever wonder why some websites are easy to find? Do you wonder why some content is easy to locate and discover? Do you want to make sure that your science gateway is findable and search-engine friendly?
This webinar will introduce “organic” search engine optimization for science gateways, including the four fundamental building blocks of search engine optimization. Shari will present and discuss examples of common SEO problems and provide an overview of strategies and methods that SEO experts use to address optimization issues. By the end of this webinar, attendees will understand common SEO issues, learn various methods for identifying and fixing common SEO problems, and more.
Note: Shari mentioned during the webinar that she would be happy to conduct a quick evaluation and link analysis for gateway projects. Please contact Shari directly to make a request for this service. She can be reached at 
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Webinar: Sustaining Science Gateways—Finding your "best fit" model

March 14, 2018

Sustaining Science Gateways—Finding your "best fit" model

Presented by Nancy Maron, Principal and Founder, BlueSky to BluePrint

Digital projects – science gateways, data repositories, educational websites, and others—have a few things in common. They can deliver a great deal of value to users – by sharing widely sophisticated tools, large data sets, or access to computing capacity among those in the academic sector who really need them to advance their work.  But they share something else in common, too: They are devilishly hard to run in a way that permits ongoing growth and expansion.

In this webinar, Nancy Maron, a lead instructor in the Science Gateways Bootcamp, introduces participants to the key elements of sustainability planning – the building blocks for developing Science Gateways that have the best chance for ongoing growth.

The webinar will introduce sustainability models and share some key tactics for identifying the models that are most likely to work for your gateway. We will touch upon funding models, the competitive environment, and audience assessment, to show how these need to be considered in tandem with any plan.

Nancy will also offer a brief overview of the upcoming Science Gateways Bootcamp, running in May 2018.

Sustainability Webinar Slides

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Webinar: Cybersecurity for the Modern Science Gateway

February 14, 2018

Cybersecurity for the Modern Science Gateway 

Presented by Von Welch, Director, Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research and Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure
Mark Krenz, Lead Security Analyst, Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research

Science Gateways may be varied in their individual design and purpose, but can all benefit from a commonly used approach to Cybersecurity. Join security experts from the Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure (CTSC) as they present an easy-to-follow overview of the resources available to start or improve your gateway's cybersecurity program. From this presentation, you will learn the three key cybersecurity aspects that science gateways share as well as the three goals your program should strive to achieve in cybersecurity. An overview of techniques and tools will be shown to provide guidance to those not focused on cybersecurity, but wishing to address its challenges.

Cybersecurity Webinar Slides

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Webinar: Building and developing science gateways with Google Cloud Platform

January 10, 2018

Building and developing science gateways with Google Cloud Platform

Presented by Karan Bhatia, Ph.D., Scientific Computing Specialist at Google, and Alicia Salmeron, Program Manager at Google

Join us for an introduction to Google Cloud Platform, highlighting services and tools that enable multi-institution collaboration, scalable system development, and advanced analytics solutions. Dr. Bhatia and Alicia will provide a broad overview of GCP's differentiators and use cases relevant for scientific computing.

Google Cloud Platform Webinar Slides

Resources mentioned during the webinar: Using Clusters for Large-Scale Technical Computing in the Cloud and Running R at Scale on Compute Engine.

Want to sign up for Google Cloud Platform training in a city near you? Contact Alicia Salmeron for a list of upcoming dates and links for registration.

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Webinar: National Data Service (NDS) Labs Workbench

December 13, 2017

National Data Service (NDS) Labs Workbench: A Scalable Platform for Research Data Access, Education, and Training

Presented by Craig Willis, Technical Coordinator at NDS and Senior Research Programmer at National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The growing size and complexity of high-value scientific datasets are pushing the boundaries of traditional models of data access and discovery. Many large datasets are only accessible through the systems on which they were created or require specialized software or computational resources for re-use. In response to this growing need, the National Data Service (NDS) consortium is developing the Labs Workbench platform, a scalable, web-based system intended to support turn-key deployment of encapsulated data management and analysis tools to support exploratory analysis and development on cloud resources that are physically "near" the data and associated high-performance computing (HPC) systems.  The Labs Workbench may complement existing science gateways by enabling exploratory analysis of data and the ability for users to deploy and share their own tools. The Labs Workbench platform has also been used to support a variety training and workshop environments. In this webinar, I will present the Labs Workbench platform and discuss several key use cases. I will also discuss findings from the recent Workshop on Container Based Analysis Environments for Research Data Access and Computing which further highlighted compatibilities between science gateways and interactive analysis platforms such as Labs Workbench.

NDS Labs Workbench Webinar Slides

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