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Webinar: Your Audience Comes First: The Key to Communication and Engagement

November 7, 2018

Your Audience Comes First: The Key to Communication and Engagement

Presented by Elyse Aurbach, Public Engagement Lead, Office of Academic Innovation, University of Michigan

This was a special reprise of the Gateways 2017 Keynote. This presentation is particularly useful for people presenting at conferences or to stakeholder communities.

Connecting people through scientific or engineering gateways requires effective communication. All gateway users – researchers, educators, public audiences – must understand the purpose, utility, and significance of the gateway if it is to be successful. Therefore, establishing effective communication practices to explain the project becomes critical to developing the gateway and ensuring its longevity. Fortunately, communication skills can be learned and practiced by anyone. Developing communication efforts with goals that align with those of the target audience, using storytelling to convey clear messages, and using appropriate language and visual elements are all key skills of a successful communication strategy. Putting these skills into practice can maximize the utility and benefits of your gateway for all parties involved.

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Special Edition Webinar: How SGCI Helped Coastal Emergency Risks Assessment (CERA) Gateway Meet Their Goals

October 24, 2018

Special Edition Webinar: How SGCI Helped Coastal Emergency Risks Assessment (CERA) Gateway Meet Their Goals

Presented by Jason Fleming, ASGS Technology Manager, Seahorse Coastal Consulting, LLC

During a critical event like an impending or active tropical storm, emergency managers, weather forecasters, and GIS specialists seek visualizations and geographic data to evaluate the impact of this storm. The Coastal Emergency Risks Assessment (CERA) science gateway provides real-time decision support through their storm surge mapper and storm surge model. The CERA team participated in the second Science Gateway Bootcamp offered by the SGCI Incubator. Join us to hear about the CERA team's experience with the Bootcamp and how the Bootcamp led them down a path to work with usability consultants from SGCI's Incubator service area. The team is also currently working with SGCI's Extended Developer Support consultants. 

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Webinar: Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud for Gateways

October 10, 2018

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud for Gateways

Presented by Don Schulte, AWS Technical Business Development Manager, HPC

AWS helps researchers process complex workloads by providing the cost-effective, scalable and secure compute storage and database capabilities needed to accelerate time-to-science and produce science gateways. With AWS, scientists can quickly analyze massive data pipelines, store petabytes of data, and share their results with collaborators around the world, focusing on science, not servers. 

About the presenter:

Don Schulte
Technical Business Development Manager, HPC

For the last 20 years, Don Schulte has worked in technical, business development and sales roles for Dell, Cluster File Systems (developer of the Lustre filesystem), Penguin Computing, Cray and DataDirect Networks (DDN). The common theme through all of these roles was serving university research customers in the high-performance computing (HPC) industry as well as research data storage management. Don has designed and helped implement some of the largest university research HPC systems and research data repositories in the United States.

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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.

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