Co-located events

All participants of co-located events are very welcome to attend the reception on Wednesday, 13 June from 18:00 at the Informatics Forum!

Mini Science Gateways/VRE/Research Software Bootcamp
DARE project
HUBzero tutorial
VRE4EIC project

Monday and Tuesday, 11 & 12 June

Mini Science Gateways/VRE/Research Software Bootcamp, organized via the SGCI Incubator, 2-day version of the week-long bootcamp

Apply here by 7 May:

The Incubator-organized Bootcamp is an intensive workshop for leaders of science gateways, virtual research environments (VREs) and research software provided as a service who want to further develop and scale their work. Participants will engage in hands-on activities to help them articulate the value of their work to key stakeholders and to create a strong development, operations, and sustainability plan. Workshop participants will work closely with one another and, as a result, have the opportunity to network and establish relationships with people who are engaging in similar activities. 

The week-long bootcamp includes

  • Core business strategy skills as they apply to leading an online digital presence, such as understanding stakeholder and user needs; business, operations, finance, and resource planning; and project management;

  • Technology best practices, including the principles of cybersecurity; software architecture, development practices, and tools that ensure implementation of strong software engineering methods; usability do’s and don’ts; and

  • Long-term sustainability strategies, such as alternative funding models; case studies of successful gateway efforts; licensing choices and their impact on sustainability; planning for and measuring your impact.

Participants will also build relationships with other participants engaged in creating gateways/VREs/research software. Because of the time restrictions, the two-day mini-bootcamp in Edinburgh includes fewer but major topics for sustainability

  • sustainability best practices
  • understanding your audience and key stakeholders
  • market development
  • goal setting and budgeting, and
  • user-centered design and usability

DARE Project,, second project meeting.

DARE (Delivering Agile Research Excellence on European e-Infrastructures) aims to provide scientific communities with a unifying hyper-platform and development context to allow for user-friendly and reproducible development and execution of huge data-driven experiments, and rapid prototyping. DARE specifically addresses the requirements of bringing together and supporting teams of research developers and scientists, who work at the intersection of software engineering and scientific domains, and on data, complexity and computing extremes. The size and complexity of scientific data, as well as the difficulty in formulating domain-specific solutions in reproducible and re-usable ways, may often lead to throw-away, unsustainable end-user products, or long release cycles. This complexity increases exponentially with the size and diversity of input and produced data. Furthermore, widely used big-data technologies and analytics, while they are known to lead to increased productivity in commercial settings,  are often not taken exploited in scientific domains. The requirement to deal with diverse exascale data resources dictates the need to ensure and increase productivity through the controlled disruption of the current modus operandi of European research infrastructures (RIs). DARE aims to be the technological pivot for this transition, while providing transparent, traceable and developer-friendly bridges over existing infrastructures and services. Building on extensive experience in research e-infrastructures, semantification and the handling of metadata, and on big-data technologies and domain applications, DARE will equip teams of innovators with meaningful abstractions and tools allowing for rapid prototyping of reproducible and efficient research solutions. DARE will improve further and integrate tried and tested programmatic dataflow specification APIs, big-data technologies and provenance/data-lineage solutions to address the requirements of European RIs, initially of EPOS, on Earth science, and IS/ENES2, on climate modelling and impact.

The University of Edinburgh was awarded funding for the EU H2020 project DARE, which will deliver new methods and tools for data-powered collaborative research at extreme scales. Edinburgh will lead the architectural design and contribute significant advances in its fine-grained data-streaming workflow system, dispel4py. This builds on the sustained collaboration between EPCC and the School of Informatics initiated in the e-Science era and on EU projects ADMIRE and VERCE. These built close working relationships with geoscientists, particularly computational seismologists. DARE will deliver new power and agility, rapid paths between R&D and production, to climate-impact modellers and to solid-Earth scientists. Understanding how to improve our ability to handle challenging research data for multi-organisation, multi-national, multi-discipline campaigns is a key goal, part of a longer-term mission to advance our understanding of how to apply computing and data sciences effectively. The three-year, nine-partner project is led by The National Centre for Scientific Research, “Demokritos” (, is funded by EINFRA-21-2017 (2,957,500 Euros) and will start in January 2018. Malcolm Atkinson, in CISA will lead the architectural design with a focus on sustainable abstractions and repeatability, EPCC will develop the data-intensive elements based on dispel4py. Alessandro Spinuso, a CISA p/t PhD student, at KNMI will lead the development of tools based on consistent provenance handling.

Wednesday, 13 June, 9am-12pm

Tutorial: Integration of Applications into the HUBzero Science Gateway - From Linux Tools to Windows to Jupyter Notebooks to RStudio

Registration is free! If you haven't registered for IWSG or have not indicated in the registration that you would like to attend the tutorial, please email if you would like to attend the tutorial.

The science gateway framework HUBzero delivers a complete end-to-end solution for developers to adapt their HUB to their specific community with workspaces for projects, diverse connectors to distributed data management systems such as iRODS and job submission to different batch and cloud systems. Members of a project in a HUB can seamlessly interact with each other and share data, publications, tools and results. Participants will receive a brief overview of the entire HUBzero platform including how the platform is a science gateway where users can publish research data, work with cohorts, and build communities. Every instance of HUBzero has the ability for online applications, also known as Tools, to be hosted on a Hub. These interactive computations and analytical Tools can use Linux, Windows, Jupyter Notebooks, RStudio, and other web applications as publishing environments. In this hands-on tutorial, participants will receive their own HUBzero account and sample code. The step-by-step instructions will lead through the application publishing process and starts with first registering application's metadata through a Hub web form. Participants will learn how to develop an application through Jupyter Notebooks, R Shiny, Plotly Dash, static web pages, and Windows applications. They will be able to customize their sample code using one of the supported environments. At the end of the tutorial, each participant will have their customized tool published on a Hub. Additionally, we will present information about how the Hub platform provides interactive groups and project spaces for tool development teams to coordinate and collaborate.

Wednesday, 13 June, 9am-12pm

DARE Agile task Force and User Meetings
Small groups of those working on DARE will meet for intensive technical meetings exploiting the opportunity of being co-located. DARE members who want to schedule specific times for specific topics should contact Malcolm Atkinson, in the first instance.

Friday, 15 June, 2pm-5:30pm

Evaluation of Virtual Research Environment Architectures

Organised by the VRE4EIC project

Apply here by 14 June: Registration for the Friday afternoon workshop if you are not registered for IWSG

Researchers can access and use more and more research data in the digital age. They can use this data to obtain new insights, especially by combining datasets with other data. Discoverability of data is very important as a precondition for combining datasets and data. Data could be described by metadata in many ways and searching those metadata improves discoverability. Various projects are already producing e-Research Infrastructures to give researchers access to publicly funded research and open research data, and are developing towards Virtual Research Environments (VREs). VREs provide access to data, tools, and resources from different research infrastructures, and facilitate co-operation or collaboration between researchers at the same or different institutions, at the intra- and inter-institutional levels, and preserve data and other outputs (Carusi & Reimer, 2010). 

The objective of this half-day workshop, which will take place in the afternoon following the close of the IWSG 2018 international workshop, is to review the architectural requirements for virtual research environments and their relationship to science gateways (North America), virtual laboratories (Australia) and collaboratories. As such the workshop should be of interest to most of the IWSG 2018 attendees. The main target is people interested in using, developing and extending virtual research environments. The expected outcome will be a written record of group discussions, a SWOT analysis and data collected from a questionnaire during the workshop.