The Global Impact of Science Gateways, Virtual Research Environments and Virtual Laboratories

A joint document submitted to the Journal of Open Research Software.

The Global Impact of Science Gateways, Virtual Research Environments and Virtual Laboratories

Authors: Michelle Barker, Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, Sandra Gesing, Daniel S. Katz, Silvia Delgado Olabarriaga, Shayan Shahand, Scott Henwood, Tristan Glatard, Keith Jeffery, Brian Corrie, Andrew Treloar, Helen Glaves, Lesley Wyborn, Neil Chue Hong, Alessandro Costa.

Abstract

Science gateways, virtual laboratories and virtual research environments are all terms used to refer to community-developed digital environments that are designed to meet a set of needs for a research community. Specifically, they refer to integrated access to research community resources including software, data, collaboration tools, workflows, instrumentation and high-performance computing, usually via Web and mobile applications. Science gateways, virtual laboratories and virtual research environments are enabling significant contributions to many research domains, facilitating more efficient, open, reproducible research in bold new ways. This paper explores the global effect of these programs in increasing research impact, demonstrates their value in the broader digital landscape and discusses future opportunities.

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Join the ICSG meeting at RDA in Montreal, Canada on 18th Sept

The International Coalition on Science Gateways will hold a meeting at the RDA Plenary in Montreal, Canada, on 18 September 2017. The International Coalition on Science Gateways aims to provide an international forum for the science gateways community, and this meeting will discuss the Coalition’s short and long-term goals.

More information and registration details for this (free) meeting are available here.

The International Coalition on Science Gateways’ vision is to provide an international forum for the science gateways community to:

  • Provide leadership on future directions for science gateways
  • Facilitate awareness of international, regional and national developments in science gateways
  • Identify and share best practice in the field

A Science Gateway (or Virtual Research Environment/Virtual Laboratory) is a community-developed set of tools, applications, and data collections that are integrated through a tailored web-based environment. As data collections become both larger and more complex, the role of software applications in working with the data also becomes more critical. Improving access to data through environments like Science Gateways/Virtual Laboratories/VREs is thus critical to reducing barriers to data interoperability.

The International Coalition on Science Gateways works in collaboration with the RDA Interest Group in Virtual Research Environments (VRE-IG) to bring together organisations, forums and individuals with an interest in international, regional, national, cross-institutional, domain-specific, and interdisciplinary initiatives in science gateways.

More information and registration details for this (free) meeting are available here.

For more information contact michelle.barker@nectar.org.au.