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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: Making your gateway easy and pleasant to use—An introduction to usability and user-centered design

November 8, 2017

Making your gateway easy and pleasant to use: An introduction to usability and user-centered design

Presented by Paul Parsons, Assistant Professor in Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University

Do you ever wonder why some websites are easy and even pleasant to use, while others are confusing and frustrating? Do you wonder how you might design and evaluate your gateway to ensure pleasantness and ease of use? This month’s webinar will provide some answers to these important questions. The webinar will introduce usability and user-centered design, will present and discuss examples of common usability problems, and will provide an overview of strategies and methods that experts use to evaluate and fix usability problems. At the end of this webinar, participants will (a) value the importance of usability and user-centered design; (b) be able to identify common usability problems; (c) appreciate various strategies for identifying and fixing common usability problems; and (d) be able to communicate with usability experts in an informed way.

Note: During the webinar, Paul recommended Steve Krug's Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fiinding and Fixing Usability Problems as a valuable and easy-to-follow resource for anyone interested in learning more about usability.

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Webinar: How you and your gateway can benefit from the services of the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI)

January 11, 2017

How you and your gateway can benefit from the services of the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI)
with Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, Michael Zentner, Marlon Pierce, Maytal Dahan, Katherine Lawrence, and Linda Hayden, all of the Science Gateways Community Institute

Abstract: Are you developing gateways and related software that serve your science discipline? A domain-based scientist or engineer who needs a gateway? A campus-based IT administrator or staff member lacking manpower or expertise to provide specialized services?

The Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) was funded by the National Science Foundation on August 1, 2016 to provide and leverage resources, expertise, community support, and education to create and sustain science and engineering gateways. Many of our services are now up and running and ready to support your gateway project. This webinar will describe the types of FREE services you can request and provide examples of clients that we are already helping. Among the many services that might interest you, we offer consultants with specialized expertise, hands-on gateway development support, ways of publicizing your gateway/software, learning opportunities, and programs for young professionals and students.

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Answers to questions asked during the webinar

Q: Tell me about groups on Purdue's campus (such as HUBzero) that develop gateways for the university.
A: HUBzero is just one instance of a successful campus gateway development group. SGCI offers consulting about how to create your own campus group. Sandra Gesing of Notre Dame leads this initiative. For more information or to request a presentation to your campus, email

Q: How many people per gateway project can attend an Incubator Bootcamp?
A: You can send two people: a PI and a technical/development person. 

Q: Will SGCI provide gateway hosting in addition to the container sandbox for developing gateways?
A: SGCI will offer temporary hosting directly; this isn’t meant to be permanent hosting but more of an area to play with. Excellent permanent options are available through providers such as XSEDE Quarry (and perhaps Jetstream) and Amazon Web Services.

Q: How can I find out more about Workforce Development's Summer Programs?
A: A description of the three 2017 programs and a link to the application (due March 17) is available online. Information about the programs in general is in the Student-Focused Opportunities section of this website.

Q: How can I join the SGCI Young Professionals Network?
A: Soon there will be a form on the Young Professionals page

Q: Will you be offering immersive learning experiences through SGCI, such as in-residence programming collaborations?
A: We don't currently have that planned, but that's a great idea to consider in the future.

Q: How are SGCI services distinct from XSEDE's ECSS program?
A: In short, XSEDE's programs are limited to connecting to XSEDE resources whereas the SGCI can help you create a gateway that connects to any type of resource. In addition, our services are more diverse, offering specialty services such as usability evaluation, graphic design, technology consulting, and more. SGCI will be a Level 2 XSEDE service provider.