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IEEE Computer Magazine recommends science gateways for democratizing access to C

Manish Parashar, director of the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation, published an article titled “Democratizing Science Through Advanced Cyberinfrastructure” in the September 2022 issue of IEEE Computer magazine. In the article, Parashar asserts that democratizing access to cyberinfrastructure is essential to democratizing science. He describes knowledge, technical, and social barriers to accessing and using cyberinfrastructure and explores approaches to address them. Gateways are an important part of this vision, and on pages 81-82 of the article, he says,

“Democratizing access to the CI ecosystem is essential to democratizing science and ensuring that every researcher has fair and equitable access to the resources that support his or her work. As the needs for and opportunities from CI grow and broaden, eliminating the barriers listed previously is becoming critical. This approach requires strategic investment in a broad set of CI resources, services, and expertise that can systematically address barriers to CI access while, at the same time, providing adequate training and support structures.”

At the top of his list of recommended investments? Gateways! Specifically, strategic investments should include “integrated and user-friendly portals and gateways for discovering and accessing resources, supported by flexible allocation and access mechanisms that sustain a wide spectrum of users and their needs” (emphasis added).

Learn more and read the full article: 

M. Parashar, "Democratizing Science Through Advanced Cyberinfrastructure," Computer, vol. 55, no. 09, pp. 79-84, 2022. doi: 10.1109/MC.2022.3174928.