Announcing the new NSF Center of Excellence in Electronic Infrastructure

“The Blueprint Factories are an important way to keep the CI community’s fingers on the pulse of evolving needs in science,” said Pierce, who will lead this component.

Four plants are currently being planned. Two to understand the needs to expand access to large-scale computing resources funded by the National Science Foundation. The other focuses on the field of materials science. A fourth Blueprint plant will focus on best practices for sustainability. SGX3 will also conduct up to three additional planned factories for specific scientific fields.

According to Zentner, the team received inquiries about whether or not the SGX3 represents a continuation of the SGCI. He explained that while SGCI will continue to operate after the NSF is funded, according to its sustainability plan, SGX3 is “something different.”

“We’ve reframed some of our previous activities to be more focused on helping science portals form partnerships in SGX3, but we also have a much greater focus on bringing ‘science’ into the science portals space,” Zentner said. “To truly meet the needs of science, this must be a more equal partnership between field scientists and cyber infrastructure professionals. The development of our community and the efforts of the new Blueprint factories specifically address this.”

Addressing the evolving needs of science

Zentner noted that science portals should also focus on new scientific needs that are constantly emerging through newly funded large computing infrastructures, advances in artificial intelligence (AI), and needs for FAIR resources (that can be found, accessible, and interoperable). , and reusable), the physical separation of data from computing resources, structured data requirements, and the availability of new or specialized computing resources.

“Issues such as these require forward thinking about how future science portal technology must evolve to serve these issues and the field sciences where they are important,” Zentner explained. “SGX3 is designed to serve the science portals community by helping its members make decisions about how to effectively launch, guide best practices and sustainability decisions and serve as a point of expertise to help portals navigate the future needs of scientific research and education.”

The plan is for the SGX3 to accomplish all of this through four axes:

  1. developing a diverse community,
  2. workforce development,
  3. Work as experts for the community and
  4. Imagine the future.

Wider Effects

The broader impacts expected of SGX3 activities include enriching existing relationships and forging new links with minority-serving institutions in order to introduce portal development into the curriculum; Provide domain-specific portals to classrooms and related research settings; and training faculty to expand these efforts to grow and live beyond the SGX3.

SGX3 also plans to: host postgraduate students working on real portal frameworks serving real end users; Develop its own team, not only technologically, but also with skills in mentoring and running a vibrant User Experience (UX) consultancy, largely staffed by students who will learn about scientific computing and its associated user experience requirements by working with real science operators the gate.

The SGX3 series of conferences and outreach activities will focus in particular on reaching more field scientists who may participate in science portals as part of their research, but are unaware that there is an entire community of people who facilitate the creation and operation of science portals and usage.

In addition to these direct efforts, each scholarly portal assisted by SGX3 has a defined goal of extending the impact of the research and educational resources that that portal provides to a community as large as is appropriate.

“All of our activities support the goal of our customers and amplify the broader impact of SGX3 beyond its internal activities,” said Sandra Gissing, principal investigator at SGX3 who is leading the community building effort. “By supporting science portals serving diverse fields, SGX3 will accelerate socially and economically beneficial research that addresses, for example, climate change, improving global food sustainability, water and land use planning, creating new materials, accelerating the development of new drugs and much more.” .”

More details about the SGX3 will be shared at future community meetings and during Gates Conference 2022October 18-20 in San Diego, California. visit for more information. You can read more about the effects of SGCI clients in the file SGCI Storybook.

SGX3 is supported by the National Science Foundation (grant number 2231406).

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