SGCI webinars bring together community members across the globe.

How to Support Gateways via Community Building: Join the Gateway Ambassadors

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at 1 pm Eastern/10 am Pacific

Presented by

  • Sandra Gesing, Associate Research Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Computational Scientist, Center for Research Computing, 
    University of Notre Dame
  • Gwen Jacobs, Director of Cyberinfrastructure at University of Hawaii System, Co-Director of UH's Data Science Institute
  • Julian Pistorius, Engineer, Research Computing and founder of ResBaz, University of Arizona
  • Annelie Rugg, Director & Humanities CIO, UCLA

Successful gateways require a diverse set of skills--from software development to sustainability planning to research-domain knowledge. Unfortunately, many researchers and educators are not aware that gateway specialists and mature frameworks are available to help with creating a gateway. To solve this problem, the Gateway Ambassadors Program is building a community of community-builders to spread awareness.

The program's goal is to support Gateway Ambassadors who facilitate gateways by reaching out to their on-campus community, their distributed community, or their networks in general. You can join the program to be a community builder or join simply to stay informed and benefit from our collection of support materials. This webinar will share some background about this new program and review some of the resources and support materials available through the program.

Conceptualizing a US Research Software Sustainability Institute

November 13, 2019

Conceptualizing  a US Research Software Sustainability Institute

Presented by Daniel S. Katz, Assistant Director for Scientific Software & Applications, NCSA; Research Associate Professor, CS & ECE & iSchool, University of Illinois

This webinar will talk about the need for a US Research Software Sustainability Institute, and the work we have been doing to bring together the community to demonstrate the need for such an institute, and to plan for what an institute ideally would do. We've held a number of workshops, run a survey, ethnographically studied a set of projects, and are planning a trial winter school. Based on these inputs, we're in the process of drafting an institute plan to deliver services to the community, including to gateway developers, and this webinar will discuss this draft plan.

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Reproducible big data science: A case study in continuous FAIRness using Globus and Globus Genomics

October 9, 2019

Reproducible big data science: A case study in continuous FAIRness using Globus and Globus Genomics

Presented by Ravi Madduri, Scientist, Data and Learning, Argonne National Laboratory, and Senior Scientist, University of Chicago Consortium for Advanced Science and Engineering 

Big biomedical data create exciting opportunities for discovery but make it difficult to capture analyses and outputs in forms that are findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR). In response, we describe tools that make it easy to capture, and assign identifiers to, data and code throughout the data lifecycle. We illustrate the use of these tools via a case study involving a multi-step analysis that creates an atlas of putative transcription factor binding sites from terabytes of ENCODE DNase I hypersensitive sites sequencing data. We show how the tools automate routine but complex tasks, capture analysis algorithms in understandable and reusable forms, and harness fast networks and powerful cloud computers to process data rapidly, all without sacrificing usability or reproducibility—thus ensuring that big data are not hard-to-(re)use data.

In this talk, we will describe the enhancements made to the Globus Genomics to support working with datasets referred to by minids, analyzing BagIt-based research objects called BDBags, and execution using software encapsulated using docker containers with unique identifiers. We will describe the tools and services developed to create end-to-end reproducible analysis pipelines while adhering to FAIR principles.

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Webinar: Portable, Scalable Computation with Containers and Abaco Functions

September 11, 2019

Portable, Scalable Computation with Containers and Abaco Functions

Presented by Joe Stubbs, Research Associate and Lead of Cloud and Interactive Computing Group, Texas Advanced Computing Center, University of Texas, Austin

Linux container technologies such as Docker have made it easier than ever to package and move applications from one computing environment to another. In the last five or so years, a new cloud computing model called “Functions-as-a-Service” (FaaS) has started to gain traction for the way it can reduce the maintenance associated with deploying and scaling application components. In this webinar, we will discuss the primary concepts of FaaS and introduce the Abaco API platform, hosted at the Texas Advanced Computing Center. Abaco (Actor Based Containers) is an NSF-funded project to provide a Functions-as-a-Service platform based on Docker containers and the Actor Model of Concurrent Computation to researchers. After an introduction, we’ll walk through an example of packaging, deploying, and scaling a Tensorflow image classifier on the Abaco cloud. Some prior familiarity with Docker and HTTP/Rest APIs would be helpful, though not strictly required.

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Webinar: Community Building 101—Building and Growing your Gateway

August 14, 2019

Community Building 101—Building and Growing your Gateway

Presented by Sarah-Jane Morris, Founder, Listen Community Consulting

Let's talk about building a community around your gateway! What is an online community and how can you build one that not only grows but lasts? In this webinar, I'll walk through 10 questions you can ask yourself from the beginning of a new gateway project to ensure you’re building a welcoming, inclusive, and best of all, sustainable gateway community.

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