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Enabling Research without Geographical Boundaries via Collaborative Research Infrastructures

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Collaborative research infrastructures on global scale for earth and space sciences face a plethora of challenges from technical implementations to organizational aspects. Science gateways – also known as virtual research environments (VREs) or virtual laboratories - address part of such challenges by providing end-to-end solutions to aid researchers to focus on their specific research questions without the need to become acquainted with the technical details of the complex underlying infrastructures. In general, they provide a single point of entry to tools and data irrespective of organizational boundaries and thus make scientific discoveries easier and faster. The importance of science gateways has been recognized on national as well as on international level by funding bodies and by organizations. For example, the US NSF has just funded a Science Gateways Community Institute, which offers support, consultancy and open accessible software repositories for users and developers; Horizon 2020 provides funding for virtual research environments in Europe, which has led to projects such as VRE4EIC (A Europe-wide Interoperable Virtual Research Environment to Empower Multidisciplinary Research Communities and Accelerate Innovation and Collaboration); national or continental research infrastructures such as XSEDE in the USA, Nectar in Australia or EGI in Europe support the development and uptake of science gateways; the global initiatives International Coalition on Science Gateways, the RDA Virtual Research Environment Interest Group as well as the IEEE Technical Area on Science Gateways have been founded to provide global leadership on future directions for science gateways in general and facilitate awareness for science gateways. This presentation will give an overview on these projects and initiatives aiming at supporting domain researchers and developers with measures for the efficient creation of science gateways, for increasing their usability and sustainability under consideration of the breadth of topics in the context of science gateways. It will go into detail for the challenges the community faces for collaborative research on global scale without geographical boundaries and will provide suggestions for further enhancing the outreach to domain researchers.

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Enabling Research without Geographical Boundaries via Collaborative Research Infrastructures

  1. 1.   Sandra  Gesing   Center  for  Research  Compu6ng   sandra.gesing@nd.edu     14  December  2016   Enabling  Research  without  Geographical   Boundaries  via  Collabora6ve  Research   Infrastructures  
  2. 2. State  of  the  Art   Data-­‐  and  compute-­‐   intensive  problems   Research  Infrastructures   NO  geographical  boundaries   Geographical  boundaries  
  3. 3. State  of  the  Art   Increased   complexity  of       •  research   ques6ons   •  hardware   •  soLware   •  instruments   •  data  volume   •  data  formats   The  need  for  end-­‐to-­‐ end  solu6ons  for   accessing  data,   soLware,  compu6ng   services,  and   equipment  specific   to  the  needs  of  a   science  or   engineering   discipline    
  4. 4. Science  Gateways   Increased   complexity  of       •  research   ques6ons   •  hardware   •  soLware   •  instruments   •  data  volume   •  data  formats     The  need  for  end-­‐to-­‐ end  solu6ons  for   accessing  data,   soLware,  compu6ng   services,  and   equipment  specific   to  the  needs  of  a   science  or   engineering   discipline     Science  Gateways!  
  5. 5. Science  Gateways   Early   adopters   Publicity   Wider   adop6on   Funding   ends   Scien6sts   disillusioned   New   project   prototype   A  typical  life  cycle  of  a     science  gateway  if     •  funding  runs  out   •  PhD  student  has     finished  PhD  work   •  the  person  in  charge     leaves  the  project    
  6. 6. Science  Gateways  Community  Ins6tute   •  Diverse  exper6se  on  demand   •  Longer  term  support  engagements   •  SoLware  and  visibility  for  gateways   •  Informa6on  exchange  in  a  community   environment   •  Student  opportuni6es  and  more  stable   career  paths     hYp://sciencegateways.org/  
  7. 7. Science  Gateways  Community  Ins6tute   •  Get  advice  (sustainability,  usability,   cybersecurity,  other)  on  your  exis6ng   gateway   •  Work  with  SGCI  to  build  a  gateway  for  you   •  Find  a  working  gateway  or  gateway   development  soLware  in  the  catalog   •  Learn  how  to  set  up  a  gateway  group  on   your  campus   •  Keep  up  to  date  on  gateway  developments   •  webinar  series,  gateways  in  the  news,   google  scholar  feed,  case  studies,   annual  conference,  blog  posts   •  Enroll  a  student  in  an  internship  program  to   learn  gateway  development   •  Partner  with  SGCI  on  your  own  projects,   technologies  and  events  hYp://sciencegateways.org/  
  8. 8. ICSG   Partners:   Science  Gateways  Community  Ins6tute   (USA)   NeCTAR  (Australia)   NESI  (New  Zealand)   Sci-­‐GaIA  (Africa)   Academia  Sinica  Grid  Compu6ng  Center   (Taiwan)   SoLware  Sustainability  Ins6tute  (UK)   VRE4E1C  (Europe)   IWSG  (Europe)   CANARIE  (Canada)   Research  Data  Canada  (Canada)   IEEE  Technical  Area  on  Science  Gateways   (Interna6onal)     The  Interna6onal  Coali6on  on   Science  Gateways  aims  to  provide  an   interna6onal  forum  for  the  science   gateways  community  to:   •  Provide  leadership  on  future  direc6ons  for   science  gateways   •  Facilitate  awareness  and  interna6onal,   regional  and  na6onal  developments  in   science  gateways   •  Iden6fy  and  share  best  prac6ce  in  the  field   hYp://www.icsciencegateways.org/  
  9. 9. RDA  VRE  IG   Virtual  Research  Environment  Interest  Group   Increasingly  researchers  who  are  not  co-­‐located  are  seeking  to  work  dynamically  together  at   various  scales  from  the  local  to  the  interna6onal.  These  researchers  want  to  share  data,  models,   workflows,  best  prac6ce  etc.  to  address  either  local  challenges  which  are  also  poten6ally  of   direct  relevance  to  researchers  in  other  geographical  areas,  or  they  have  a  shared  interest  in   addressing  a  common  issue  such  as  the  grand  challenges  currently  being  faced  by  society  on  a   global  scale  e.g.  climate  change.  …   …  bring  together  those  ini6a6ves  ac6vely  developing  VREs,  virtual  laboratories  and  science   gateways,  along  with  the  representa6ves  of  the  common  infrastructure  services  and  the   researchers  seeking  to  make  use  of  these  technologies  in  an  effort  to  iden6fy  the  necessary   technical  aspects,  governance  issues  and  best  prac6ce  required  to  support  a  more  coordinated   approach  to  the  development  of  VREs.     hYps://www.rd-­‐alliance.org/groups/vre-­‐ig.html  
  10. 10. VRE4EIC   hYp://www.vre4eic.eu/   •  Workshops   •  User  surveys   •  Recommenda6ons  on  policies  and  technologies  for  research  environments   •  Many  partner  projects…  
  11. 11. ENVRIplus   hYp://www.envriplus.eu/ ENVRIplus  is  a  Horizon  2020  project  bringing  together  Environmental  and   Earth  System  Research  Infrastructures,  projects  and  networks  together   with  technical  specialist  partners  to  create  a  more  coherent,   interdisciplinary  and  interoperable  cluster  of  Environmental  Research   Infrastructures  across  Europe.   Recommenda6ons  in  report  for  the  vision  of  a  world-­‐wide  research  infrastructure:   1.  Improving  interdisciplinary  collabora6on   2.  Leading  the  forma6on  of  a  gloabal  environmental  sounding  board   3.  Combining  both  sta6s6cal  and  mathema6cal  methods   4.  Sharing  computa6onally  expensive  results   5.  Data-­‐intensive  Federa6on  support   6.  SoLware  sustainability   7.  Promo6ng  ICT  harmonisa6on   8.  Decision  making  for  ICT  
  12. 12. Next  Steps   •  Collabora6on,  collabora6on,  collabora6on…   •  The  AGU  Fall  Mee6ng  is  a  great  example!   •  Working  groups  (a  few  examples  in  this  presenta6on)   •  Integra6on  of  instruments     with  research  infrastructures   •  Sustainable  science  gateways   •  Openly  sharing  of  data   •  Advancing  searchability  of     data   •  Processing  of  data     •  Reports/recommenda6ons  to     RIs  and  funding  bodies  on  policies  
  13. 13. sandra.gesing@nd.edu  

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