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

Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at 1 pm Eastern/10 am Pacific

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.


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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Webinar: Containers and Kubernetes—A Crash Course

July 10, 2019

Containers and Kubernetes—A Crash Course

Presented by Bob Killen, Research Cloud Administrator, and Jeffrey Sica, Research Database Administrator, Advanced Research Computing Technology Services at the University of Michigan

The container paradigm has shaken up developers and sysadmins alike. There is a steep learning curve in developing and hosting new applications, and the benefits may not be immediately observed. Containers offer gateways a reliable way to enable reproducible, self-contained applications in a lightweight, efficient, and fast environment. In addition, Kubernetes orchestrates containers to create a tightly-integrated system for automating deployment of containerized applications such as Docker. Over the next hour, Bob and Jeff will give a brief introduction to both Containers and Kubernetes in the hopes that the words won't be scary and new users will be able to ask the right questions.

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Webinar: Web Analytics Guide for Gateway Websites—Getting Started with Definitions, Goals, and Metrics

June 12, 2019

Web Analytics Guide for Gateway Websites: Getting Started with Definitions, Goals, and Metrics

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

Learn how to use web analytics software to measure important user activities on your gateway sites. Track site traffic, search and browsing patterns, visitor info, page performance, top-performing pages, exit pages, and other key performance indicators (KPIs).

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Persona Template (PPT download)
Calls to Action (CTAs) Worksheet (XLS download)
A comparison of the information seeking patterns of researchers in the physical and social sciences article
Searching and sourcing online academic literature: Comparisons of doctoral students and junior faculty in eduction article
Student digital information-seeking behaviour in context article

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