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What is happening?

October 1, 2019 - SSG is proud to be part of this new NSF INFEWS project to tackle new challenges

September 25, 2019 - MyGeoHub used in the "Multi-scale Analysis of Sustainability" short course for international researchers and sustainability research

September 1, 2019 - New undergraduate students joins SSG in the fall semester!

July 25, 2019 - Our DURI undergrad interns will present their work at the Purdue Summer Research Symposium

July 11, 2019 - Purdue generates more than a half billion dollars in research funding this year

April 18, 2019 - 30th Anniversary of MultiSpec Image Processing Software, still widely in use!


January 17, 2019 - ScienceNode article about our new GeoEDF platform driven by scientific needs

November 1, 2018 - SGCI congratulates the GABBs team on its new NSF grant to develop GeoEDF! 

December 10, 2018 - Rajesh demonstrating MyGeoHub at ESIP Data Help Desk, AGU Fall Meeting, Washington D.C.


November 9, 2018 - MyGeoHub and SIMPLE-G in action at the workshop of Open-Source Analysis of SDGs at the Food-Water-Energy Nexus Using Global Gridded Modeling, Ann Arbor


September 17, 2018 - MyGeoHub in action at the Long Run Sustainability of U.S. Agriculture Conference at the National Press Club, Washington D.C. (workshop site)


September 4, 2018 - Ph.D. Student, Jaewoo Shin, Excels with MyGeoHub.org

April 3, 2018 - Ya-Wen Chu, the GLASS project sSpring 2018 DURI intern

September 13, 2017 - Internships in ITaP Research Computing’s Scientific Solutions Group boost student success

July 26, 2017 - Two ITaP Research Computing teams win awards at national conference

July 7, 2017 - ITaP staff presenting at advanced research computing conference

July 5, 2017 - Students learn about geospatial data analysis, virtual reality through Research Computing summer outreach 


Newsletters to RCAC

Scientific Solutions in Byte Size, July - September 2019

We are excited about the new award of the NSF INFEWS project! Aimed at Identifying Sustainability Solutions through Global-Local-Global Analysis of a Coupled Water-Agriculture-Bioenergy System, this 3-year project is led by Prof. Tom Hertel, ag economics at Purdue with an interdisciplinary team and collaboration with U of New Hampshire and U of Wisconsin-Madison. Our role in the project is to provide the cyberinfrastructure and scientific data expertise to enable and facilitate coupling of cross-disciplinary models, data and tool sharing, training, access to advanced computing resources and project collaboration amongst the team (Carol, Lan, Jungha). 

In August, we welcomed 3 new undergraduate student interns to join the team for the fall semester. You may read more details in the blog post by Nicole Brewer: https://mygeohub.org/blog/2019/09/introducing-the-fall-2019-duri-interns.

The GeoEDF team submitted its first annual report to NSF. The report was promptly approved by NSF Program Director with feedback “Another year of high productivity from you and your team.”  We are on track with the first year goals. Since the summer, we spent a lot of effort in planning and preparing for the upcoming GeoEDF Stakeholder Workshop in October.

The team supported the “Short Course in Multi-scale Analysis of Sustainability” led by Professor Tom Hertel, Drs. Jing Liu and Uris Baldos et al at Purdue University in September. More than 20 researchers and students from around the world participated in the course. During the short course, Lan gave an overview of the GeoHub and how it would be used for the course. Lan and Jungha provided on-site technical support. Jungha delivered important software changes to enable additional capabilities for the course. The instructors used the GeoHub platform extensively to organize and deliver course materials. The participants had substantial hands-on experience of using SIMPLE-G-US and SIMPLE-G tools in analysis that incorporates multiple policy instruments and measures of economic impact. We gained valuable feedback and experience from this work, especially on the course capabilities that will help other projects and engagements.

In the 3rd GSI (Geospatial Software Institute) Conceptualization Workshop “Strategic Plan and Governance of GSI”, Annapolis, MD, July 14-16, 2019, Carol participated as a panelist, and presented ideas on “What should the GSI do?” summarized from our position paper “Catalyzing the geospatial software community of the future” co-authored by Rajesh, Lan and Carol.  We also contributed to the strategic plan of the GSI, input to NSF on the software institute program.

On the proposal front, we again partnered with Dr. Saunders and his team, and the Envision center, on a USDA SAS (Sustainable Agriculture Systems) proposal submitted on Sept. 26. SSG staff are also working/partnering on multiple proposals due Oct - Dec.

We’ve made presentations at conferences, including:

  • Our work on Hydroglobe (Lan, I Luk) with Prof. Merwade was presented at the hydrology community conference
    • Merwade, V., A. Rajib, I Luk Kim, J. Shin, J. Smith, L. Zhao, C. Song, HydroGlobe - a platform enabling the integration of earth observations in hydrologic models, presentation at CUAHSI Conference on Hydroinformatics, Provo, UT, 29-31 July, 2019
  • Carol gave two presentations at the CODATA 2019 “Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms” conference:
    • Advancing A Geospatial Science Gateway with an Extensible Data Framework for FAIR Science, presented in the session on “Innovative Designs for Extensive Data Infrastructures, Analysis and Information”
    • An extensible data framework for FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) science and its potential to help the disaster risk reduction research and communities, presented at a special session hosted by CODATA Linked Open Data for Disaster Research task group.
  • Rajesh and Carol presented posters authored by the team at the Gateways 2019 conference, San Diego, CA, September 23-25, 2019:
    • Rajesh Kalyanam, Lan Zhao and X. Carol Song. GeoEDF: An Extensible Geospatial Data Framework for FAIR Science
    • Lan Zhao, X. Carol Song, Rajesh Kalyanam, Venkatesh Merwade, Matthew Huber, Larry Biehl, Christopher Thompson, Rob Campbell and Carolyn Ellis. Leveraging MyGeoHub Gateway for Cyber Training and Workforce Development.

Scientific Solutions in Byte Size, April - June 2019

As Purdue celebrates more than half billion dollars in research funding, Scientific Solutions and its faculty partners are well represented in this effort -- GeoEDF is one of the grants highlighted among the 2019 research awards: https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2019/Q3/purdue-generates-more-than-a-half-billion-dollars-in-research-funding-this-year.html

Congratulations(!) to our partner Prof. Sorin Matei (CLA) and Rajesh for winning the “Top Faculty Paper Award” for their paper  “Risk-Prone and Risk-Aware behavior in natural emergencies: An appraisal theory approach” in the 69th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, 2019. 

We have four DURI student interns working with us this summer. They will present their work at the Purdue Summer Research Symposium on July 25, 2019:

  • Extensible Geospatial Data Framework towards FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) Science, Amrish Nayak, Mentor: Rajesh Kalyanam
  • Simplifying Geospatial Visualization and Analysis, Edwin Lu, Mentors: Lan Zhao & Carol Song
  • Developing Containerized Applications for Cybersecurity Education, Noah Oller Smith &Takahide Iwai, Mentors: Rajesh Kalyanam & Baijian Yang

From April through June, the solutions group partnered with faculty and submitted several large NSF proposals, including:

  • NSF Cyber-Physical Systems proposal on Designing optimal materials flow in circular economy/PIOTHub (PI: Shweta Singh), Carol and Lan
  • NSF Cyber-Physical Systems proposal on A Real-time Multi-scale Crop Health Evaluation Framework (PI: Jian Jin), Carol, Lan and Rajesh
  • NSF HDR DIRSE Framework proposal on A Data-driven Discovery Framework for New Hybrid Materials and Interfaces, led by Prof. Haiyan Wang (Carol, Rajesh, Lan)
  • NEH “Building Infrastructure for Critical Spatial Studies”, led by Prof. Sorin Matei (Rajesh)
  • a preliminary proposal to NSF center program led by Prof. Haiyan Wang, Materials Science.

We also supported two teams on proposals to the  Discovery Park’s Big Idea Competition 2.0 (BIC 2.0):

  • U-PREPARED: Urban Pre-emptive Research and Planning Activities for Real-world Extreme Disasters, PI: Daniel Aliaga (CS)
  • Materials Data-Driven Discovery Center (MD3Center), PI: Haiyan Wang (MSE)

Carol gave an overview of our new project GeoEDF at this year’s International Workshop on Science Gateways (IWSG), in a lightning talk, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 12-14. Although smaller attendance this year compared to the 10th anniversary of IWSG last year, there were plenty of interesting discussions, including the direction of the Science Gateway Community Institute (SGCI) with Nancy Wilkins-Diehr’s retirement and Mike Zentner being the new PI for SGCI. 

MyGeoHub continues to support community building events, including a workshop in Niger hosted by the Niger Government and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, in April, and a recent workshop in Mexico led by Profession David Johnson of Purdue in early June. Several projects are building courses and planning activities for the fall semester.

To wrap up June, we recently gave myGeoHub.org a facelift. With so many projects sharing the site, we wanted to help promote the key projects that are contributing to the sustaining of MyGeoHub and also highlight other projects as they build their presence on this hub. Check out our new look and the new projects!

Scientific Solutions in Byte Size, January - March 2019

In our first newsletter in 2019, we’d like to share what’s been happening in Scientific Solutions.

Proposal season! Team SSG led and participated in several grant proposal submissions in the first quarter of the year. Lots of collaborations within research computing, at Purdue and beyond. These include:

XSEDE Capacity System - We, along with many colleagues in RCAC, worked on the proposal for a better part of Jan/Feb. This proposal would build and deploy a $10M HPC system, named Anvil, as part of Purdue’s next cluster in 2020, leveraging the latest processor and memory technologies as well as Purdue’s awesome multi-tier storage system. 

CCRI (CISE Community Research Infrastructure) - The proposal is a collaboration of Purdue and TACC and will develop an automated data ingestion and processing pipeline that will collect job performance data from several clusters managed by Purdue, TACC and other institutions. Machine learning analytics software and a set of Jupyter notebooks will be developed to make sense of the collected data and provide useful recommendations to system administrators. Carol, Rajesh and Stephen are Co-PIs on this proposal led by Prof. Saurabh Bagchi.

NSF AccelNet - Carol and Lan worked with a proposal team led by Prof. Tom Hertel of ag economics and submitted “GLASSNET: Networking Global to Local Analyses to Inform Sustainable Investments in Land and Water Resources” to NSF. This proposal aims at developing a network of currently separate networks to further global research on sustainable development. This work, if funded, will build on the current GLASS project and capabilities in MyGeoHub to support data harmonization, multiscale modeling, education and training, and knowledge sharing.

Meanwhile, we are making we are making steady progress in the GABBs 2.0 (GeoEDF) project, from refining the requirements from our use cases, prototyping, to the data framework design. The planning for our first stakeholder workshop is underway. On the software design and development side, we are making progress on the data connector framework, prototyping of the visualization component, and HUBzero course enhancements (HZ team developers), as well as refactoring of some of the GABBs components to improve efficiency, performance and ease of future maintenance where Nicole (new member of the team) and our DURI intern Claudia Sun are contributing.

Several new supergroups on our hubs are in various stages of design and deployment.

  • The NIH Superpower project’s supergroup design is being finalized and will be deployed on DiaGrid soon.
  • The GTAP supergroup design is completed and deployed on mygeohub. The GTAP team is adding content before announcing the new site to its users. GTAP stands for Global Trade Analysis Project, is a global network of researchers and policy makers conducting quantitative analysis of international policy issue. The project intends to use the supergroup to host the documentation of its databases and models, software distribution, and support interaction with its users.
  • The WaterHUB supergroup is also going through a redesign to highlight its new tools.
  • MyGeoHub itself will have a new homepage, currently being designed. The improvement will allow us to highlight the increasing number of projects hosted at the site.

Stampede data added to FRESCO data repo - The FRESCO job performance and failure data repository (https://www.rcac.purdue.edu/fresco/index.html) was expanded to include data from the Stampede I cluster operated by TACC. This data consists of job scheduling and TACC Stats data for jobs run on nearly 6200 Stampede I nodes between 2013 and 2016.

In our Cyber Training project we have been working on installing various data access and processing software packages in the HUBzero tool container and making them available to Jupyter Notebooks. The science team has also made steady progress in developing the learning materials and Python code for the FAIR science learning modules. In the meantime, we worked closely with the HUBzero team in designing and implementing new features in the course module based on the requirements of the project. Some of the new features will be available in the next hub update in early April.  

IndianaView program and GIS Software

  • IndianaView program awarded six student scholarships to promote development in remote sensing and other geospatial technologies. The students represented Notre Dame University, Indiana State University, and Purdue University. Proposals for an IndianaView mini-grant program are being reviewed. Nicole Kong and Larry Biehl participated in the recent AmericaView Winter Business meeting in Reston, Virginia near the USGS headquarters. 
  • As part of the Nexus program, Larry participated in the Hexagon’s training program for ERDAS Apollo.
  • Larry has made new versions of ERDAS Imagine, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Desktop and IDL/ENVI available for students, faculty, and staff on communityhub.

Scientific Solutions in Byte Size, November - December 2018  

2018 has been a hectic year throughout the 12 months! As we wrap up the year, we look to a new year with exciting new projects and new colleagues...

SSG welcomes new members! Nicole Brewer completed her student work with us at the end of the fall semester. She will join the group as a full-time software engineer beginning on Feb. 4, 2019.  SSG also welcomes Tsai-wei Wu (from Preston’s group) who will join the GABBs 2.0 project part-time to help develop the visualization capabilities and other functionality of the GeoEDF framework.

Superpower project kicked off!  SSG is partnering in a new NIH project that will develop a comprehensive and accessible online software for conducting statistical power and sensitivity analysis, one of the most significant steps to maximizing scientific reliability in health sciences. The PIs are early career faculty in the department of psychology, along with a team of experts to address various challenges in the project. Lan and Carol are leading the software development in the project. This project kicked off officially in November and it plans to establish a new Supergroup on DiaGrid.org early next year.

Another new supergroup! The Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) will become the latest Supergroup (hosted project) on MyGeoHub. GTAP has a history of 30 years of developing and sustaining a global network of researchers and policy makers conducting quantitative analysis of international policy issues. As it looks to the future, the leaders wanted to leverage the modern technologies, open platform and collaborative functions provided by MyGeoHub to advance the GTAP mission.

OAC Research Core proposal submitted! A proposal titled “Working Sufficient Information: A Framework for Resource-efficient Big Data Analysis” was submitted to the OAC Research Core program. The proposal seeks to develop a software framework that exploits working sufficient statistics to efficiently apply several ML models in parallel on summary information from the original big data set.  Carol and Rajesh are Senior Personnel on this proposal led by Professors Tonglin Zhang and Baijian Yang. 

Partnership in two CUSCO proposals! SSG is partnering with faculty involved in two collaborative proposals (~$4M each) with Cusco-UNSAAC in Peru. These proposals led by Sorin Matei and Jeff Dukes will develop a Cultural Heritage Digital Discovery platform and a Regional Climate and Climate Change Impact center respectively.

SC18---Several from SSG participated in the supercomputing conference in Dallas, including meetings with some of our collaborators, a presentation about GABBs and MyGeoHub (Carol) at the booth, and professional development activities (e.g. learning about quantum computing!). As the XSEDE campus champions coordinator, Marisa was quite busy leading champions activities at the conference. At the AGU 2018 Fall Meeting in December, Carol and Rajesh contributed to the ESIP FAIR Data Help Desk by demonstrating MyGeoHub at the booth. We also took the opportunity to talk with spatial data providers (NASA, NOAA, USGS, etc).

IndianaView program funded again. The AmericaView program was funded again through a USGS grant. Larry Biehl along with Nicole Kong and Jie Shan are actively working in this geospatial - remote sensing outreach effort.

Workshop on Open-Source Analysis of SDGs at the Food-Water-Energy Nexus Using Global, Gridded Modeling. Members of the GLASS team (Uris Baldos, David Johnson, and Jungha Woo) successfully ran the workshop on November 9, 2018 at the Sustainability & Development Conference held at University of Michigan. About 30 participants used the interactive online tools SIMPLE-G and SIMPLE-US on MyGeoHub, part of an open-source, easy-to-use, web-enabled economic modeling framework, to analyze trade-offs around the 9 Sustainable Development Goals related directly or indirectly to management of the world’s land, water, and energy-producing resources.

Scientific Solutions in Byte Size, August - October 2018 

New student member! SSG welcomes Nicole Brewer to the team! Nicole is a graduating senior in Math/Computer Science who will be working on the analysis and visualization of Conte job performance data and building cybersecurity containers for the CHEESE project. 

MyGeoHub goes to Washington! The SSG team (Jungha, Lan, Carol) supported a Mellon Foundation funded project, led by AgEcon Professor Tom Hertel, in hosting the Long Run Sustainability of US Agriculture Conference on September 17 at the National Press Club, Washington DC. The event was successful in engaging approximately 70 participants including policy and decision influencers/makers, researchers and farmers from various government agencies, non-profit organizations and industry. Carol presented MyGeoHub at the conference. The SIMPLE-G-US tool and MyGeoHub performed flawlessly as the science team used the tool to explain their research results and show the audience how to visualize and explore themselves the impacts of various policies managing land and water sustainability stresses, productivity growth, and Nitrogen loss from crop production. https://mygeohub.org/groups/glass/npc2018

SSG team members were well represented at the Gateways 2018 conference in Austin, Texas. Our graduate student, Jaewoo Shin won the SGCI Young Professional of the Year award for his work on various geospatial software and tools for the GABBs project. Jungha presented a paper on the Isomap project and Rajesh presented a poster on the MyGeoHub geospatial gateway. https://sciencegateways.org/web/gateways2018

GABBs 2.0 officially began on October 1st as a $4.5M, 5-year effort with multiple partners and collaborators with a successful project team kickoff. This project will continue building off the development from the original GABBs project to provide seamless connections among platforms, data and tools, making remote large scientific and social geospatial datasets directly usable in scientific models and tools. Work is underway to define and refine the workflows from several scientific use cases and establish key architectural decisions to support these new data connections.https://www.itap.purdue.edu/newsroom/180918_GeoEDF.html

PolyRun Highlighted at ECSS Symposium.  SSG team members have participated in the XSEDE Extended Collaborative Support Services (ECSS) program for many years.  ECSS works to help researchers at institutions around the country bring their scientific codes to computing resources within the XSEDE network.  Each month XSEDE holds the ECSS Symposium webinar (https://www.xsede.org/for-users/ecss/ecss-symposium) to highlight some of these projects, and recently the PolyRun project was presented. Students of Iowa State University’s Prof. Bhaskar Ganapathysubramanian developed PolyRun to model polymer microstructures on local computing clusters.  They came to XSEDE asking for help reaching a wider audience with an online scientific gateway. SSG’s Chris Thompson and HUBzero’s Steven Clark worked with SDSC’s Amit Chourasia to help the researchers deploy PolyRun on DiaGrid and convert it for job submission to SDSC’s Comet cluster. At the October 2018 Symposium, Amit detailed the ECSS project for PolyRun.  He presented the tasks for porting the program into the DiaGrid environment, the work to configure Comet job submission through the HUBzero middleware, how Globus integration managed file transfers between institutions, and efforts to add new visualization capabilities into the program (the presentation was recorded: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x0x1HyzQ38)

SSG participated in Purdue’s GIS Day on November 1 by presenting a couple of posters about MyGeoHub and MultiSpec Online and was a part of a round table discussion on ‘Everything about Geospatial Data’. GIS Day was well attended. (https://www.lib.purdue.edu/gis/gisday/gisday_2018_college_program

More grants! SSG is part of a team led by two Psychology faculty, Erin Hennes and Sean Lane, that has recently received a $3.4M NIH award to develop innovative and generalized methods for statistical power and sensitivity analysis for use in treatment research. Our role in this project is to create an interactive and highly usable online interface on DiaGrid.org making this tool broadly available to both beginning and advanced users.  We’ve also partnered with several teams on three large USDA proposals, one NSF INFEWS proposal, and most recently on a proposal to the Peru CUSCO program.

Scientific Solutions in Byte Size, May - July 2018 

The group is excited about a number of newly funded projects, including:

  • The phase 2 of the GABBs project to provide seamless connections among platforms, data and tools, making large scientific and social geospatial datasets directly usable in scientific models and tools funded by the CSSI Framework program as a $4.5M, 5 year effort with multiple partners and collaborators (PI Carol Song, CoPI: V Merwade, J. Jin, U Baldos, J Smith);
  • A 3-year NSF Scholarship for Service (SFS) Capacity grant to develop CHEESE (Cyber Human Ecosystem of Engaged Security Education) led by Prof. Baijian Yang and Dr. Rajesh Kalyanan, a collaboration between Purdue, NCSA and SDSC. CHEESE will utilize the National Data Service (NDS) Labs Workbench platform to host community-developed containerized demonstrations of cybersecurity concepts.
  • A 3-year CyberTraining grant with Profs. Merwade and Huber “Training next generation of interdisciplinary researchers in Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) science” using tools on MyGeoHub and elsewhere;
  • A grant with Prof. Shweta Singh (ABE) to develop a “A Novel Approach to Reproducible, Transparent and Fast regional PIOT Development Via Collaborative PIOTHub” to be hosted on MyGeoHub. 
  • Another CSSI proposal (CoPI Rajesh) is still in pending status.
  • Carol and Lan worked with Prof. S. Singh on a cyber physical proposal, also in pending status. 

Our DURI intern student Ya-Wen Chu successfully completed her work with us for the spring 2018 semester (supervisors: Lan, Jungha). She presented a poster about her work at the DURI student conference in April. 
PEARC18 - Several from the group presented at the conference. The activities include: 

  • Lan Zhao presented a showcase titled “Developing a Collaborative Hydrological Modeling Platform” highlighting the workflow that can be created online using SWATShare, SWATFlow, and HydroGlobe. 
  • Larry presented our GABBs work with the TOTAL camp in a paper titled “Introducing Research Concepts to Middle School Students via a Geospatial Science Gateway”.
  • Rajesh presented his work with Sorin Matei from Purdue’s School of Communication titled “Social Media Modeling of Human Behavior in Natural Emergencies”.
  • Jaewoo Shin presented a student poster titled “A Flexible, Cloud-based Sensor Data Service Platform”.
  • MyGeoHub was the most popular of the several science gateways used in the SGCI Hackathon held at PEARC18. Rajesh mentored a team of students that worked on a Jupyter notebook interface to track active weather events and process the public Twitter stream to generate a word cloud of tweets. 

Other engagements include:

  • Larry presented a poster at the Indiana GIS Conference in Ft. Wayne, IN during May 9-11, about IndianaView and made several fact sheets available. A poster about MultiSpec Online on MyGeoHub by Wei-Kong Hsu won 3rd place in the student poster competition.
  • On the Arequipa Nexus Institute project, Larry is preparing material for a remote sensing workshop as one of 10+ workshops for 24 visitors from UNSA in Arequipa, Peru. 
  • Chris and the HUBzero team's Steve Clark are co-authors on a paper accepted to the upcoming Gateways 2018 conference in Austin, TX.  Researchers at Iowa State University developed PolyRun to explore polymer microstructure modeling on local research clusters, but they needed the help of XSEDE to find a larger audience.  The paper details the history of PolyRun and the Extended Collaborative Support Services (ECSS) project within XSEDE to deploy it on the Purdue DiaGrid platform.  The XSEDE community can now use the program on DiaGrid where it submits work to the Comet cluster at SDSC.
  • Lan and Jungha’s paper titled "Experiences in Optimizing Geospatial Data Processing for Isotopic Landscape Modeling" was accepted to the Gateways 2018 conference in Austin, TX. This paper describes the design and implementation of geospatial data processing to support isoscape modeling and prediction in the IsoMAP gateway as part of the ORIGIN project funded by NSF. ORIGIN consists of two integrated platforms that together provide the data resources, analytical tools, and project support necessary to streamline the analysis of data from migratory animal samples.                     

We continue to be involved in community efforts related to sustainable research software and the future CI ecosystem. Carol participated in the NSF OAC workshop “Rethinking NSF's Computational Ecosystem for 21st Century Science and Engineering” in May, and the Geospatial Software Institute conceptualization workshop #2 in Chicago, in July. Lan and Venkatesh represented the GABBs project the NSF DIBBs 2018 PI meeting in D.C., in July.  Carol also presented the interoperability work we have done in the GABBs project at the International workshop on science gateways in Edinburgh, UK, in June. 

Scientific Solutions in Byte Size (March - April 2018 issue)

It’s been a very hectic March/April for the solutions group, and looks like we will have much to share in the upcoming conferences and perhaps more good news to share in the coming months. 

IWSG 2018

A lightning talk abstract titled “Challenges and Experience in Enabling Science Gateway Interoperability - A Case Study of MyGeoHub” by Lan, Rajesh and Carol was accepted for presentation at the International Workshop on Science Gateways (IWSG) in June, 2018.

PEARC 2018

Our paper “Introducing Research Concepts to Middle School Students via a Geospatial Science Gateway” was accepted for PEARC 2018. This paper describes the experience by Larry Biehl, Lan Zhao, Carolyn Ellis, Rajesh Kalyanam, Robert Campbell, and Carol Song in giving middle school students a geospatial experience using the MultiSpec Online and Geobuilder tools on MyGeoHub.

Our paper “Social Media Modeling of Human Behavior in Natural Emergencies” was accepted for PEARC 2018. This paper describes work by Rajesh, Lan and Carol in conjunction with Professor Sorin Matei (Brian Lamb School of Communication) to build a platform to process and analyze tweets and risky travel behavior during extreme weather events.

The group has submitted two NSF CSSI proposals in collaboration with Purdue faculty and researchers from other institutions. One is a follow-on to GABBs, focusing on expanding its ability to connect to diverse data sources and interoperate with other cyberinfrastructure and platforms. The second one focuses on building a urban data and modeling data infrastructure. 

Website Updates

MyGeoHub.org and the GABBs Project website are in the process of being updated. Specifically, MyGeoHub.org is undergoing some minor changes to eliminate unused menu items, reduce redundancy, and make news and social media more visible. The GABBs Project website will receive a complete facelift in the coming weeks, including general design and color scheme as well as a more focused approach to highlighting the project’s accomplishments. Also in the works for the GABBs Project is a marketing postcard designed to provide basic information about the project, contact information and highlighting key resources and accomplishments. This postcard will be used for outreach efforts at various conferences, meetings and other networking opportunities.

Arequipa Nexus Institute

Scientific Solutions is involved with a joint Purdue - Universidad Nacional de San Agustí­n, Peru (UNSA) initiative called the ‘Arequipa Nexus Institute’ (https://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/arequipa-nexus/en/index.php). SSG's Larry Biehl is providing remote sensing data support for the Sustainable Water Management project led by Laura Bowling which is one of 10 funded projects. 

Scientific Solutions in Byte Size (January - February 2018 issue)

As we zip through the first two months of 2018, here is a brief summary of the going-ons and early accomplishments.

Quick bytes

  • Some of us joined the rest of the campus in two exciting recent events: Women Who Get IT and Women in Data Science inspiring students toward careers in IT and data science (Carol participated in two panel discussions).
  • Submitted a science data management tutorial to PEARC18, a collaboration with Purdue Libraries and NCSA.
  • 5 other PEARC18 abstract submissions have received go-aheads - march on to the next deadlines!
  • The MyGeoHub paper to the journal of Future Generation Computer Systems has been accepted for publication! A copy can be accessed here.
  • We collaborated with faculty and colleagues at RCAC in recent three proposals
    • Cyber training with Profs Merwade, Huber, Feb 14
    • Campus CI network improvement proposal led by RCAC, Jan 30
    • NIH proposal resubmission with Profs. Hennes and Lane, Feb 5.

CRI - FRESCO - A new repository of Conte performance data from the CRI project was published by Rajesh at https://www.rcac.purdue.edu/fresco/. A paper was submitted to HPDC (contributions from Rajesh, Stephen H, and Carol).

Geospatial Software Institute conceptualization first workshop - Our position paper, co-authored by Lan, Rajesh and Carol,  to the workshop was accepted. Carol attended the workshop and served on a panel, Jan 28-30, 2018, Los Angeles.

GLASS - the Big Idea project: Two stakeholder workshops were held in January, Carol and Lan participated. The project received feedback on a broad range of issues, primarily on how to engage the sustainability research and policy making communities. The project plans to hold a stakeholder workshop at the National Press Club in September 2018 where MyGeoHub will be used for demonstrations and hands-on activities.


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