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SGCI - URSSI - Science Gateways for Electronics, Photonics and Magnetics: Achieving Usability and Sustainability

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In the current era of research, many novel devices based on the principles of electronics, photonics and magnetics are being developed as well as novel materials such as layered materials with low-symmetry crystal structure. Innovative research studies physical phenomena and basic properties and leads to more device applications. Computational tools and simulations for supporting these studies are crucial in research and teaching. Such tools often demand the use of command line tools and lack usability as well as visualization possibilities. nanoHUB is a widely used end-to-end solution with access to over 500 tools, more than 1.4 Million users and more than 5500 resources world-wide with an easy-to-use interface. Its goal is to be a resource to the entire nanotechnology discovery and learning community and can be categorized as a so-called science gateway. In general, a science gateway provides an end-to-end solution providing an intuitive user interface for a set of computational tools and data of a specific application domain while hiding the complex underlying infrastructure. The overall goal of science gateways is to increase the usability of complex tools and computational and data infrastructures. With a wide uptake of a science gateway by the community, the need for sustainability of the solution arises to allow serving the community in the long run in its innovative research. The Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) has been funded for this goal: to serve science gateway developers and users in achieving more science gateways employing novel devices and infrastructures and increase the sustainability of science gateways. Science gateways form a subgroup of research software and the conceptualization of the US Research Software Sustainability Institute (URSSI) aims at supporting sustainability of research software in general and thus, the sustainability of simulations and tools for nanotechnology. The talk gives a brief introduction to nanoHUB, goes into detail for sustainability challenges addressed by SGCI and the conceptualization of URSSI.

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SGCI - URSSI - Science Gateways for Electronics, Photonics and Magnetics: Achieving Usability and Sustainability

  1. 1. Award Number ACI-1547611 Sandra Gesing sandra.gesing@nd.edu October, 12 2018 NcN Workshop Alexandria, VA, USA Science Gateways for Electronics, Photonics and Magnetics: Achieving Usability and Sustainability
  2. 2. 2 Nanotechnology •  Global nanotechnology market is expected to grow around 17% during 2018-2024 •  2017: impressive growth •  increase in government and private sector funding for R&D •  partnerships & strategic alliances between countries •  increased in demand for smaller and more powerful devices at affordable prices •  Currently: •  major breakthrough in healthcare industry for the diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases like cancer •  significant developments in sectors like electronics, agriculture, and energy https://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/4536705/global-nanotechnology-market-outlook-2018-2024
  3. 3. 3 Data and compute- intensive problems High-speed networks Users generally not IT specialists Tools and workflow engines Web-based agile frameworks Distributed data and computing infrastructures
  4. 4. 4 Data and compute- intensive problems High-speed networksTools and workflow engines Web-based agile frameworks Distributed data and computing infrastructures Users generally not IT specialists Need for science gateways!
  5. 5. 5 Data and compute- intensive problems High-speed networksTools and workflow engines Web-based agile frameworks Distributed data and computing infrastructures Users generally not IT specialists
  6. 6. 6 “After all, usability really just means that making sure that something works well: that a person … can use the thing - whether it's a Web site, a fighter jet, or a revolving door - for its intended purpose without getting hopelessly frustrated.” (Steve Krug in “Don't make me think!: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability”, 2005) Usability
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  8. 8. 8 It’s a Science Gateway It’s a Research Portal It’s a Collaboratory It’s a Cyber- infrastructure It’s a Virtual Research Environment It’s a Virtual Lab
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  11. 11. •  370+ Simulation Tools •  4700+ Other Resources •  3000+ Online Presentations •  540+ Teaching Materials •  35,000+ Students Reached
  12. 12. Science Gateways Community Institute 12 •  Diverse expertise on demand •  Longer term support engagements •  Software and visibility for gateways •  Information exchange in a community environment •  Student opportunities and more stable career pathshelp@sciencegateways.org http://sciencegateways.org/
  13. 13. Conceptualizing a US Research So5ware Sustainability Ins:tute (URSSI)
  14. 14. Conceptualizing a US Research So5ware Sustainability Ins:tute (URSSI)
  15. 15. URSSI Team
  16. 16. Research So5ware h?p://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.843607
  17. 17. Research So5ware h?p://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.843607 > 50% neither formal nor informal training in so5ware engineering
  18. 18. Research So5ware h?p://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.843607 Lack of career paths
  19. 19. Research So5ware h?p://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.843607 How to cite so5ware?
  20. 20. Areas of Concern •  Func:oning of the individual and team •  Func:oning of the research so5ware •  Func:oning of the research field itself
  21. 21. Thanks! 21 h?ps://sciencegateways.org/ h?ps://twi?er.com/sciencegateways h?p://urssi.us/ h?ps://twi?er.com/si2urssi https://nanohub.org/

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