SGCI webinars bring together community members across the globe.

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)

Webinar Slides

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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.

Graph QL Webinar Slides

Keycloak Webinar Slides

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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.

RStudio Webinar Slides

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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 
Additional resources provided by Shari:

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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

Resources mentioned during the webinar:

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