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Science Gateways Bootcamp: report back

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15 May 2017

The Science Gateways Community Institute (SCGI) held their first 'bootcamp' event, aimed at staff involved at any stage of their science gateway project, at the Purdue Research Park in Indianapolis during the week of April 24 2017.

steve androulakisSteve Androulakis, on behalf of the Australian eResearch capabilities ANDS, Nectar and RDS attended the event, titled "Science Gateways Bootcamp: Strategies for Developing, Operating, and Sustaining Your Gateway", to immerse himself in the community, learn from their experts, and help bring the experience back to Australia.

In addition to valuable networking opportunities, workshop participants had the opportunity to learn:

  • Business strategy, including understanding stakeholder and user needs
  • Technology best practices: the principles of cybersecurity, strong software engineering practices, fundamentals of usability
  • Long-term sustainability strategies: alternative funding models, case studies of successful gateway efforts, and assessing impact

SCGI provides coordination and services to research software infrastructure projects funded by the National Science Foundation (USA). A Science Gateway is analogous to the Australian Nectar-funded Virtual Labs and subject to many of the same considerations. One important aspect of SGCI's work is advising and assisting Science Gateways in becoming self-sustaining.

Speaking after the event, Steve said:

"The SGCI sustainability bootcamp delivered a comprehensive set of viewpoints to its attendees.”

“A lively, active, and hands-on environment, the event had us considering all aspects of sustainability, from understanding your project's unique value proposition and audiences, through to best practices and standards in software development.”

“The tech and business experts at the bootcamp drew on their considerable experience to give us perspectives on how to get sustainability right. It was an excellent experience."

Steve Androulakis is Manager, Community Programs for ANDS, RDS and Nectar (joint role across all three organisations).