A Vision for Science Gateways: Bridging the Gap and Broadening the Outreach

Sandra Gesing, Steven Brandt, Shannon Bradley, Mark Potkewitz, Kerk Kee, Noreen Whysel, Mark Perri, Sean Cleveland, Annelie Rugg, Jack Smith

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The future for science gateways warrants exploration as we consider the possibilities that extend well beyond ’science’ and high-performance computing into new interfaces, applications and user communities. In this paper, we look retrospectively at the successes of representative gateways thus far. This serves to highlight existing gaps gateways need to overcome in areas such as accessibility, usability and interoperability, and in the need for broader outreach by drawing insights from technology adoption research. We explore two particularly promising opportunities for gateways - computational social sciences and virtual reality – and make the case for the gateway community to be more intentional in engaging with users to encourage adoption and implementation, especially in the area of educational usage. We conclude with a call for focused attention on legal hurdles in order to realize the full future potential of science gateways. This paper serves as a roadmap for a vision of science gateways in the next ten years.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPEARC 2021 - Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing 2021
Subtitle of host publicationEvolution Across All Dimensions
ISBN (Electronic)9781450382922
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 17 Jul 2021
EventPEARC '21: Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing - Boston, United States
Duration: 18 Jul 202122 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


ConferencePEARC '21: Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to acknowledge NSF OAC 1547611 (SGCI) and NSF OAC #1939067 & #1453864. Clowder has been funded by grants: NSF #BCS-0941268, #EAR-331906, #ACI-1261582, #ACI-1443013, #OCI-0940824, #OCI-0525308; NIH #1P01AI089556-01A1. Illinois - Indiana Sea Grant #DW92329201, European Commission #RI-261600, XSEDE #OCI-1053575, ARPA-E #DE-AR0000594, Collaborative Research: CSSI: Framework: Data: Clowder Open Source Customizable Research Data Management, Plus-Plus, 2018-2023 (#OAC-1835834, 1835543, 1835877),the Tapis Framework:(#OAC-1931439 and #OAC-1931575)

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  • impact
  • interoperability
  • science gateways
  • usability
  • user community
  • vision


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