Lessons learned from your gateway community colleagues

We’d like to grow this list of case studies. If you have one that you’d like to recommend or contribute, let us know at help@sciencegateways.org.

  •   Gateway Expertise When You Need It: Growing QUBES by Working with the Science Gateways Community Institute
    2018
    Nayiri Mullinix
    Computer and Information Sciences

    Science Gateways Community Institute
    Gateway Expertise When You Need It: Growing QUBES by Working with the Science Gateways Community Institute is a case study presentation which highlights the work that SGCI completed with the QUBES science gateway. The case study illustrates how our services can support multiple aspects of a project. Specifically described are SGCI's hands-on consulting services (both software development and usability evaluation), Science Gateways Bootcamp training, inclusion in the Gateway Catalog, the Gateways conference series, and our internship program, and how each element provided different facets of support to the growing QUBES community.
    case study, QUBES, platform, sustainability, usability, hubzero
  •   OpenTopography: Demonstrating Impact Through Audience Engagement
    2020
    Juliana Casavan
    Computer and Information Sciences, Environmental Sciences
     
    OpenTopography is a web-based cyberinfrastructure platform that enables public access to high-resolution topography data and processing tools. Over the past decade, there has been exponential growth in Earth-oriented topographic data through publicly funded programs. These data are not always easy to work with due to their massive size and complexity. OpenTopography makes these data easy to discover, access and process, thereby expanding their impact for research, education, and other applications. Over the last decade, the OpenTopography team has developed its community of users by strategically utilizing education and outreach, building from available resources, and listening to the needs of different stakeholders.
    sustainability, impact, research, cyberinfrastructure
  •   Revenue, Recession, Reliance: Revisiting the SCA/Ithaka S+R Case Studies in Sustainability (2008-2011)
    2011
    Maron, Nancy and Loy, Matthew
    Computer and Information Sciences

    Ithaka S+R
    In 2009 Ithaka S+R investigated the sustainability strategies of twelve digital content projects in the higher education and cultural heritage sectors in the US, UK, France, Germany, and Egypt. Two years and one economic crisis later, Ithaka S+R, with the generous support of the JISC-led Strategic Content Alliance, decided to revisit the original twelve case studies to see how their models had held up, where weaknesses might be starting to show, and what new strategies project leaders were adopting in response. "Revenue, Recession, Reliance: Revisiting the SCA/Ithaka S+R Case Studies in Sustainability" and the accompanying case studies reveal many changes: two projects have significantly re-imagined their core mission, one radically so. Several have faced severe budget cuts, leading them to consider other approaches; some have been quite successful by continuing to build on what was already a strong value proposition and show continued signs of entrepreneurial drive and a willingness to experiment with new revenue streams.
    sustainability
  •   Sustaining Digital Resources: An On-the-Ground View of Projects Today, Ithaka Case Studies in Sustainability
    2009
    Maron, Nancy, Smith, Kirby K, Loy, Matthew
    Computer and Information Sciences

    Ithaka S+R
    This research is part of a multi-year, international exploration of the strategies being used to support digital initiatives over the long term. In 2008, we selected twelve projects to examine, analyzing the steps their project leaders have taken to achieve sustainability, with special attention paid to their strategies for cost management and revenue generation. "Sustaining Digital Resources: An On-the-Ground View of Projects Today" serves as a guide to the cases, outlining the stages that successful projects undertake in developing sustainability models: from empowering leadership and developing accountability structures, to crafting a strong value proposition that responds to user needs, to securing the resources needed to help the project thrive. These studies (available for download below) include financial data, and explore the decision-making process that project leaders undertake when experimenting with different strategies to find the best fit for their organization. By highlighting the benefits and challenges of a wide range of models, this work is intended to serve as a starting point to understanding the options and obstacles facing digital projects today.
    sustainability
  •   The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program's Information Portal (CoRIS): When Colleagues are Clients
    2020
    Claire Stirm
    Computer and Information Sciences, Environmental Sciences
     
    Each year, coral reefs are responsible for $3.4 billion in revenue into the U.S. economy. The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program's Information Portal (CoRIS) is an internal repository that brings together coral reef datasets, products, and management planning across the entire agency. CoRIS has become an essential asset for NOAA internal stakeholders and local decision-makers, and the value it continues to demonstrate has been the key to its continued growth. This case study illustrates how one team has applied sustainability techniques by listening to the needs of their data producers and consumers.
    cyberinfrastructure, sustainability
  •   Zooniverse: Growth by Fostering a Culture of Experimentation
    2020
    Nancy Maron
    Computer and Information Sciences
     
    Zooniverse is a platform that helps non-scientists participate in activities that further scientific aims. Since its creation over a decade ago, the platform has become home to nearly 100 live crowdsourcing projects, which are used by over one hundred thousand active volunteers each year. The platform has continued to grow due to several key factors - the willingness of the project leads to be alert to new opportunities as they arise, to benefit from scale where possible, and to permit the team to explore and experiment. This approach has resulted in an in-demand service with a growing user base, which in turn has permitted the team to develop a diversified range of funding types to support the enterprise.
    cyberinfrastructure, citizen science, sustainability