SGCI webinars bring together community members across the globe.

Webinar: Simplifying Cloud HPC Integration for Gateways

March 10, 2021

Presented by Boyd Wilson, Executive & Architect, CloudyCluster Team

Transitioning high-performance computing (HPC) workloads and data to various sites is a longstanding tradition and challenge in the scientific software and gateway developer communities. Recently more institutions are looking at the ability to integrate cloud for HPC.  During this session, we would like to explore ideas and options of integrating cloud for gateways and HPC workloads.  A few approaches will be discussed including what led to the development of CloudyCluster.  An additional focus will be improvements in latency, which have been seen over the past few years, in the Cloud. Furthermore, this webinar will be an open platform for discussion, so we can all learn from each other’s experiences.

Webinar Q&A

Q: I cloud is elastic, why do we need schedulers? Can't jobs start immediately?
A: The scheduler will manage the types of compute resources needed and also manage the optimization of the compute nodes, then teardown the completed instances to keep the costs managed.

Q: Is there an enforcement mechanism for google cloud subscriptions? Or do we have to constantly monitor?
A: GCP has Billing Alerts that help designated Project Managers/Owners keep on top of certain billing thresholds that you define as an Administrator.

Webinar: PresQT—How to achieve FAIRness in your gateway

February 10, 2021

Presented by Sandra Gesing, Associate Research Professor, Notre Dame, and SGCI Team Member

The wide uptake of the concept FAIR (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reuse) in academia reflects the importance of sharing data and software for research and teaching. While the concept is widely used, metrics and tests to measure FAIRness are mostly still works in progress. The project PresQT (Preservation Quality Tool) serves as a boilerplate between repositories and science gateways, adding beneficial metadata and FAIR tests using FAIRsharing and FAIRShake. The PresQT services extend the science gateway landscape in a way that stakeholders can keep working in their chosen computational environment and receive additional features instead of having to switch to a different software. This webinar will introduce PresQT and FAIR and then demo the available PresQT services, especially the FAIR testing.

More about PresQT: PresQT and its standards-based design with RESTful web services have been informed via user-centered design and is a collaborative, open-source, implementation effort.  Current partners or implementations for open APIs include OSF, CurateND, EaaSI, GitHub, GitLab, Zenodo, figshare, WholeTale, Jupyter and HUBzero. To present the capabilities of PresQT to researchers, developers of computational solutions, users of PresQT services, and funding bodies, we have developed a demo user interface that allows testing of the different features of PresQT services. Visit to try it.

Other useful links:
Software Preservation Network: Emulation as a Service Infrastructure (EaaSI)
Try the EaaSI sandbox
EaaSI GitLab

PresQT Documentation
Welcome to PresQT
Target Integration
Web Services
Verifying Keyword Enhancement
Keyword Assignment
QA Testing

Webinar Slides

Webinar: SeedMeLab data platform for research groups and science gateways

January 13, 2021

Presented by Amit Chourasia, Project Director, SeedMeLab, San Diego Supercomputer Center

SeedMeLab is a cloud service for teams struggling with intractable data organization and data access that disrupts productivity, ensues email-attachment deluge, obscures discovery, and perpetuates poor knowledge retention. Unlike other file sharing services; SeedMeLab is an elegant approach that imparts balance to data organization and sharing with an ability to add context, discussion, and visualization while also establishing distinction for your data with branding. SeedMeLab core is also available as Open Source software with support options.

Demonstration Videos

Webinar: Sales & Marketing for Science Gateways

December 9, 2020

Presented by Juliana Casavan and Nancy Maron, Gateway Focus Week Lead Instructors

When you launched your gateway, you were likely focused on solving complex computational problems or exploring how your gateway will improve science. One of the last things on your mind was likely, "how can I promote my gateway?" This 90-minute hands-on session will take you through sales and marketing approaches for science gateways. During this webinar, you will learn principles of marketing, how to develop a plan for locating target audiences, sales and fundraising processes, and how these strategies can be applied to promote your gateway.

This is one session of the virtual Focus Week, which will take place November 30 - December 10. The application deadline for this session has passed. We invite you to sign up for our newsletter to find out about the next Focus Week opportunity!

Webinar Slides

Marketing Strategies Template

Webinar: Providing Accessibility in Your Gateway—Key Elements of Proving a Gateway Is Usable by All

November 11, 2020

Presented by Hiram Kuykendall, Chief Technology Officer, Microassist

Gateways are often funded by government agencies that are required to provide accessible products for their communities. Software, particularly open-source products, don't have the strict reviews associated with procurement processes, so accessibility may not even be on the radar of gateway creators. The increase of Office of Civil Rights complaints and COVID-19 “virtualization" has universities, government organizations, and even private sector companies requesting documentation that the end product is perceivable and usable by everyone, including people with disabilities. In this session, Hiram Kuykendall will review the ways that gateways should be adapting to accessibility standards, with a specific focus on the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) as a model.

Hiram Kuykendall is the chief technology officer for Microassist, an Austin, Texas-based learning, development, and accessibility consulting firm. He has more than 20 years of experience in custom application development and accessibility remediation for custom application development, eLearning, and instructor-led training. In addition, Hiram advocates through public speaking and volunteer work specifically focused on the technical aspects of web accessibility. Hear more accessibility advice and how it compares to usability from the Gateways 2020 plenary by Dr. Paul Parsons and Hiram Kuykendall - Attracting and Retaining Gateway Users by Applying Usability and Accessibility.

Accessibility Conformance Report (VPAT)

Webinar Slides & Handout 

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