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Gateways 2019

This conference series is for gateway creators and users who want to connect with and learn from others like them. The Gateways 2019 proceedings are hosted on OSF Meetings. In addition, video from our keynotes and concurrents are linked below. Read this post to learn more about Gateways 2019.


Proceedings on OSF Meetings

How to cite a paper, demo, tutorial, or poster (choose one of these options for the citation below, not all):

Author(s). 2019. "Title." Paper/Demo/Tutorial/Poster presented at Gateways 2019, San Diego, CA, USA, September 23–25, 2019. URL to paper in OSF.

Conference Schedule: Find descriptions of all the conference sessions on Sched.


Video Highlights

View two keynotes, a special invited presentation, a paper about measuring impact, and a panel about effective checklists for developers and researchers on our YouTube playlist for Gateways 2019.

“Galaxy—From genomic science gateway to global community” by James Taylor

This presentation chronicles the history of the Galaxy Project and the science behind its functionality, including Galaxy's growth through the engagement of a wide community of developers and users.

James Taylor was the Ralph S. O'Connor Professor of Biology and professor of computer science at Johns Hopkins University. Until 2014, he was an associate professor in the departments of biology and mathematics and computer science at Emory University. He was one of the original developers of the Galaxy platform for data analysis, and his group continues to work on extending the Galaxy platform. James received a PhD in computer science from Penn State University, where he was involved in several vertebrate genome projects and the ENCODE project.

“Narrative is Everything: The ABT Framework” by Randy Olson

This presentation is based on Randy Olson's recent book, “Narrative Is Everything,” which is the culmination of the scientist-turned-filmmaker's 40-year journey into Hollywood AND it may seem like just another “joy of storytelling” diatribe, BUT the book plays on two levels, THEREFORE you can take your pick — use it to improve your communication, or allow it to give you a new perspective on cultural evolution. This keynote presents the ABT Framework (And, But, Therefore), showing its power and application in diverse fields. From epic myths to nursery rhymes to news media to pop music hits, the ABT Framework is present everywhere, leading to the inescapable conclusion that “Narrative Is Everything.” The last part of the presentation includes Q&A plus some useful examples of how to improve real ABTs written by audience members.

Randy Olson is a scientist-turned-filmmaker who left a tenured professorship of marine biology (PhD Harvard University) to attend USC Cinema School, then work in and around Hollywood for 25 years. He wrote and directed the documentary feature film “Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus,” which premiered at Tribeca and aired on Showtime. He has published three books on the communication of science, starting with his identification of the problems in Don’t Be Such A Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style (Island Press, 2nd edition, 2018), followed by his recommended solutions in Houston, We Have A Narrative: Why Science Needs Story (University of Chicago Press, 2015). The latter book outlined his Story Circles Narrative Training program that has now involved over 1,000 scientists from government agencies (including the National Park Service, NIH, USDA, USGS, USFWS) and numerous universities as it continues to grow.

“Engaging Presentation Skills” by Brian Palermo

You’ve got solid data, but are people really listening to you? For everything from seeking funding to motivating stakeholder action, communication matters. You’ve got the substance, but if it’s not presented with the proper form, structure, and style, it’s not going to be understood. I’m here to help you with this.

This brief, interactive talk will introduce you to simple techniques designed to engage audiences and make you a more effective communicator. I’ve worked with a wide range of scientists from the Jet Propulsion Labs in Pasadena to doctors at major hospitals. I’m eager to share this training with you.

Brian Palermo is a career professional actor who’s been training scientists and science communicators for a decade.

“Measuring Success—How Science Gateways Define Impact” by Nancy Wilkins-Diehr

Science gateways, also known as advanced web portals, virtual research environments and more, have changed the face of research and scholarship over the last two decades. Scholars world-wide leverage science gateways for a wide variety of individual research endeavors spanning diverse scientific fields. Evaluating the value of a given gateway to its constituent community is critical in obtaining the financial and human resources to sustain gateway operations. Accordingly, those who run gateways must routinely measure and communicate impact. Just as gateways are varied, their success metrics vary as well. In this survey paper, a variety of different gateways briefly share their approaches.

Panel: Effective Checklists for Developers & Researchers Working on Science Gateways

Moderator: Sandra Gesing, SGCI Staff, University of Notre Dame


* Eric Huebner, HUBzero

* Eroma Abeysinghe, SGCI Staff, Indiana University, SciGap Project

* Maytal Dahan, SGCI Staff, Texas Advanced Computing Center

* Kyle Chard, University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, Globus

* Mark Miller, San Diego Supercomputer Center, CIPRES Project

* Dave Clements, Galaxy Project

The initial idea for a science gateway is often driven by requirements in research and/or teaching; however, the knowledge about implementing an extensible, scalable, easy-to-use, and sustainable science gateway is not necessarily in the knowledge portfolio of the researcher behind the idea. On the development side, someone knowledgeable on the topic of creating science gateways may not necessarily be an expert in the research area serviced by an envisioned science gateway. The close collaboration between researchers and science gateway creators is crucial to gather all necessary information and requirements on a science gateway. This is usually an underestimated design task, and the exact layout for the science gateway is a continuous and iterative process. Suggestions come from developers for the design and layout while feedback and comments come from the user community. While each community and its requirements for a science gateway are unique, the questions that need to be answered for planning and designing a particular science gateway are very similar for any domain. The panel will discuss effective checklists to support developers communicating with diverse domain experts. Such checklists may be the basis for starting a Software Requirement Specification for an envisioned science gateway.

This panel will be useful for both software developers creating gateways and researchers/educators who specialize in the content of a gateway, as it will illuminate both sides of the process.



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