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Session 36 - Engage Results

  1. 1. OMII-UK @ ISSGC09 13 July 2009, ISSGC09, Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France Steve Brewer / Neil Chue Hong Web: Email:
  2. 2. OMII-UK: Software Solutions for e-Research • Expertise OMII-UK is an open-source organisation set up by the EPSRC to • Open Source provide software and services to help the UK research community adopt e- • E-Research Research practices and technology. • Software The role of OMII-UK is evolving into one • Services of cultivation rather than purely development and custodian: the aim is to sustain community software through Currently funded by EPSRC, JISC and others various channels of support Web: Email:
  3. 3. Mission: sustainability • OMII-Uk’s mission is to cultivate and sustain community software important to research Facilitating mutual benefit between all participants Web: Email:
  4. 4. Software sustainability Cultivation: utopian goal for software sustainability AHE – Application hosting environment SPAM-GP - Shibboleth-based portal presentation manager WSRF::Lite – Perl-based API for SOAP RAPID – Portlet generation tool (JSDL) CPOSS – Crystal Energy Landscape Application Web: Email:
  5. 5. Services for eResearch software Innovator Design /Code Testing / Dev Governance s Evaluation Infrastructure Integratio Packaging Documentation n /porting and Training Software Deployment Promotion + Providers Deploymen Analysis Exploitation t Software Community Software Improvemen Development Support t Requirement Information Software Users s Provision Contributions Gathering Web: Email:
  6. 6. OMII-UK Cycle for Software Sustainability Domain Best practice; expertise Process Software products; Requirements Community gathering services Standards; Market Information research Specialist Software Development expertise Web: Email:
  7. 7. Engage Initiative: Science through software • How do scientists use computers? • What do scientists want from computers? • Where can scientists go for support? Web: Email:
  8. 8. JISC-funded ENGAGE Initiative achievements 1. talked to ~50 researchers o Detailed picture emerged of the UK e-Research community o Computationally intensive research is being conducted across all domains: papyrology, climate modelling, choreography… 2. review of best practices and lessons learned is underway o Interviews transcribed and analysed o Transciptions written-up as public articles for further dissemination 3. a collection of focussed projects launched that take forward the most promising technologies identified in interviews 1. Projects developed where a significant and visible contribution to the community could be achieved in a relatively short time-frame. Web: Email:
  9. 9. Engage Initiative: Science through software How do scientists use computers? 50 interviews across many domains Transcripts Triage process to reviewed and guide project analysed funding Best practices extracted Web: Email:
  10. 10. Engage Initiative: Science through software What do scientists want from computers? Web: Email:
  11. 11. Engaging Research with e-Infrastructure Interviews Wider deployment Projects Dissemination New requirements Web: Email: Adoption
  12. 12. ENGAGE Projects (phase 2) 7 projects funded across many domains: • CPOSS – Crystal Energy Landscape Application – upgrade and NGS port • MCTP – Monte Carlo Treatment Planning – portal improvements • RMCS – Remote My Condor Submit – improved support • Aladdin2 – new interface for GENIE Climate Modelling application • eLab - Integrating field work with the e-Lab Notebook with centralized services and archives • eSAD - Integration of image processing tools for epigraphy and papyrology (eSAD) within the Documents and Manuscripts (SDM) VRE • OSCAR – Chemistry-specific textmining application developed at Cambridge over last 5 years Web: Email:
  13. 13. ENGAGE Projects (phase 2) – outcome 7 projects results (1-4): Monte Carlo radiotherapy treatment planning (Cardiff) Now complete; new users at: Swansea, Galway and Liverpool making use of the updated system Crystal Energy Landscape application-CPOSS (UCL) New DMACRYS system now working; re-engineered workflows being evaluated by Sally Price’s research team at UCL RMCS: Remote job submission for molecular simulation (Cambridge) Project complete and good progress achieved Integration of image processing tools within the VRE-SDM (Oxford) New integrated system previewed at recent Image, Text, Interpretation workshop in Oxford; user i/f well received by papyrologists and epigraphers Web: Email:
  14. 14. • 7 projects underway (5-7): o Aladdin 2: a launchpad for the GENIE Earth-System Model (UEA/OU) • Ported GENIE simulator now operational – configurable parameters can be rendered; MatLab logic has been ported from GENIELab o Integrating field work with the e-Lab Notebook with centralized services and archives (Bangor, Southampton) • Lab Blog book project linked to users at Bangor & Southampton who are engaged with projects based on the analysis of molecular structure and function both via experimental crystallography and molecular dynamics simulation; updated system now on NGS o Refactoring of OSCAR3, migration to NaCTeM, modularisation and code hardening (Cambridge, Southampton, NaCTeM) • Workshop in Cambridge (July 09; EPO, RSC, NaCTeM and others attended • UIMA demo underway; refactoring process guided by modular architecture plan Web: Email:
  15. 15. Monte Carlo treatment Planning User Web Web portal services NGS requests resources • Remote access via portal RTGrid • Web services – requests Database • Experiment manager for simulation jobs Experiment • Computational resources Manager Condor pool where jobs are done • RTGrid database provides Jobs took 159.45 hours on single machine • 18.1 hours on Condor cluster persistent storage of info • 7.2 hours on NGS Web: Email:
  16. 16. CPOSS: Crystal Energy Landscape Application • MOLPAKDMAREL: Centre Web Server for Theoretical and MOLPAKDMAREL WSDL Computational Chemistry at For Each (of the ?) Limit to n UCL and the department of MOLPAK DMAREL VISULISER POLYUTUL computing at UCL • five interacting workflows MOLPAK WSDL VISULISER WSDL along with six Web Services MOLPAK2CML Process • BPEL Web Services shaded Generate JSDL StoreResults grey JOB MANAGER GENHTMLPAGE • replace dmarel with dmacrys DMAREL WSDL • Replication of the execution JOB MANAGER WSDL PLOT For Each (of the 200) stages on Legion and the NGS GridSAM MOLPAK2CML Generate JSDL as well as to still allow execution on Condor Test Successful JOB MANAGER MOLPAK2CML Web: Email:
  17. 17. Aladdin2: a cross-platform GENIE launchpad for Research and Teaching o GENIE project was established to deliver simplified and faster-running models of the Earth’s climate system o GENIE users are thus able to model longer timeframes stretching over many thousands of years o modular construction of this system • configure and execute GENIE with has enabled Open University real-time visualisation of key variables students to acquire a stand-alone • XML extension for tutorial examples simulator that allows them to create • GENIElab s/w enables multiple runs real-time models of various earth on remote resources eg. NGS projections with a small number of • ease of use reduces barriers to uptake variables to control • access for students, teachers and policy makers Web: Email:
  18. 18. Integration of image processing tools within the VRE-SDM (Oxford) Project management characteristics:  bi-weekly and impromptu team meetings  Online collaboration application  close interaction between researcher and developers  issues easily and swiftly resolved:  understanding of the algorithms,  correct operation and of the NGS,  workflow of the image processing tasks,  design of the data model  GUI design of the portlet. Design choice criteria:  development restricted to the two projects  VRE-SDM user interfaces exist for researchers  NGS uniform execution environment  researcher developing the algorithms in the team  rapid turn around from algorithm to installation  compiled binary accessed with GridSAM WS i/ f Web: Email:
  19. 19. Integrating field work with the e-Lab Notebook •Partners •People •Processes •Services •Interactions UNSW is the University of New South Wales STFC is the Science and Technology Facilities Council Web: Email:
  20. 20. OSCAR3 – text mining for chemistry Project objectives: • Refactored OSCAR software • OSCAR-UIMA integration • Improved OSCAR software developer-user documentation • OSCAR unit test infrastructure OSCAR3 architecture at outset • Improved SourceForge community support • Successfully completed test process report Web: Email:
  21. 21. User engagement: techniques and practices • How do we manage the engagement process in practice? • Should this be handled at the project level or the domain level? • In practice the following points are relevant: - user engagement is different for each project - similar techniques exist: workshops/training, web, forums, video - important to identify the user community you wish to have at  the end of your project and work towards that as goal (sustainability) • Dissemination sources/subjects can be found by targeting either: - passive users in order to "promote" themselves - creators/champions at top to bring in more overall users Web: Email:
  22. 22. OMII-UK: sustainable community software “You know, when you collaborate with people, there's no rules about anything.” Therman Statom Web: Email: