• Important Dates

    • The Call is CLOSED.
                     Papers were accepted electronically in PDF format only have been submitted through
                     our EasyChair conference site at 
    • Notification of acceptance: 19 April 2013
    • Submission of camera ready papers/abstracts: 3 May, 2013
    • Registration deadline for authors/presenters: 30 May, 2013
    • Date of the workshop: 3-5 June, 2013
    • Proceedings are available at http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-993

  • 5th International Workshop on Science Gateways, IWSG 2013

    Science gateways are a community-specific set of tools, applications, and data collections that are integrated together via a web portal or a desktop application, providing access to resources and services of distributed computing infrastructures (DCIs). Science gateways offer the potential to open the utilisation of DCIs to wider audiences by providing a customised and easy to use user interface to access large computational and data resources. The complexity of the underlying infrastructure can be completely hidden from the end-users by a suitably tailored interface. As interest in science gateways has accelerated in the past few years, an increasing number of new user communities can utilise grid or cloud computing resources in a convenient manner.

    The workshop aims to bring together researchers and scientists from different scientific domains, along with science gateways developers, to discuss problems and solutions in the area, to identify new issues, to shape future directions for research, foster the exchange of ideas, standards and common requirements and push towards the wider adoption of science gateways in e-Science. 


    We invite the submission of papers related to various aspects of Science Gateways. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Science gateway enabling technologies and development frameworks
    • Ready to use science gateways in different areas and disciplines
    • Management of high-throughput data via science gateways
    • Portal technology and portal construction methods
    • Usage models and gateway tools in different disciplines
    • Security aspects of science gateways 
    • Usability studies of science gateways
    • Workflows and service composition in science gateways
    • High level tools for managing grid and cloud portability
    • Demonstrations/success stories
  • Previous Events

    • IWPLS'09 International Workshop on Portals for Life Sciences, Edinburgh
    • IWSG 2010 International Workshop on Science Gateways, Catania
    • IWSG-Life 2011 International Workshop on Science Gateways for Life Sciences, London
    • IWSG-Life 2012 International Workshop on Science Gateways for Life Sciences, Amsterdam.

    Workshop Series in IWSG

  • Keynotes

    Mark A. Miller

    Mark received  PhD in Biochemistry at Purdue in 1984. He came to the University of California, San Diego for a postdoctoral position, and has remained there since. In 2000  he made a change from basic biochemistry research to leading the development of enabling software tools for biologists. His group at the San Diego Supercomputer Center created the CIPRES Science Gateway and the Next Generation Biology Workbench projects, and has also done enabling work in genomics for the Scripps Translational Science Institute.

    Gateway Challenges and Evolution: Current Trends and Practices in US Science Gateways

    The past decade has shown that web–based access to HPC resources can be a powerful enabler of scientific research. In the aggregate, Science Gateways across the globe have provided access for tens of thousands of researchers and students, and have enabled thousands of publications. Providing open access to such powerful resources is clearly beneficial to the progress of science, but a number of important challenges remain. Many of these challenges are in the technical/logistical realm. For example, how can we create software that better meets the needs of a given user population or makes Gateway construction simpler? However, challenges of equal magnitude remain in the areas of sustainability and public policy. For example, how can important Gateways be funded in the long term, and what users should be granted access to which resources? This talk will survey current US Gateway development strategies in the context of these challenges, and describe the continuing evolution of the CIPRES Science Gateway as a worked example of one group’s attempt to manage these challenges.

    Piotr Grabowski

    Piotr Grabowski obtained his M.Sc. in Computer Science in 1998 at Poznań University of Technology, Distributed Computer Systems. After his M.Sc., he joined the programmers group at PUT and worked on mobile network protocol analyzers software for Siemens A.G. and Tektronix, Inc. Since 2002 he has been working in Poznań Supercomputing And Networking Center, Application Department. In 2002 he joined GridLab project and worked on access for mobile users. Since 2005, until now Piotr has participated in a number of EU funded projects such as inteliGrid, OMII-Europe, and BEInGrid and local initiatives  on enabling access from Mobile Devices and Portal technologies. The main thrust of his current research work are Science Gateways, Web Services and Web technology, he participates in PL-Grid and PL-Grid Plus - Polish Grid Infrastructure (NGI) projects. He is an author or co-author of several papers in professional journals and conference proceedings. Since 2010 he leads User Interface Laboratory at PSNC.

    Easy Development and Integration of Science Gateways with Vine Toolkit in production.

    The advanced web-based graphic and multimedia oriented user interfaces (GUIs) designed for scientists and engineers could change the way users collaborate, share computing experiments and data, and work together to solve day-to-day problems. Moreover, future science and engineering gateways will influence the way users will not only access their data, but also control and monitor their demanding computing simulations using the Internet. To allow users to interact remotely with clusters, supercomputers and large-scale computing environments in a more interactive and visual manner, we present example Science Gateways for different scientific applications used by communities in the PL-Grid infrastructure. The PL-Grid portal has been successfully integrated with Vine Toolkit it offers now users a set of gateways connected to all production grid sites in Poland. In a nutshell, Vine Toolkit is a modular, extensible and easy-to-use tool that can be used as a graphical web front-end for remote job and data management. It also offers high-level Application Programming Interface (API) for various applications, visualization components and building blocks to allow interoperability between HPC and grid technologies, such as QosCosGrid, gLite, Unicore, iRODS, etc. It supports Adobe Flex and BlazeDS technologies to help developers quickly prototype and build advanced and rich web applications similar to many stand-alone GUIs. Additionally, Vine Toolkit has been integrated with well-known open source web frameworks, such as Liferay and Gridsphere. In this presentation, we briefly describe new technological solutions relevant to advanced scientific and engineering portals driven by various requirements defined by experts in chemistry and nanotechnology.


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  • Directions

    Event venue address

    Clausiusstrasse 2 ETH ML Building, Room F34 8006 Zurich Switzerland



    Zurich airport has connecting trains to Zurich main station 6 times per hour.

    From the main railway station in Zurich you can take trams number 6 (towards Zoo) or 10 (towards Airport) to 'ETH / Universitätsspital' (3 stops). Alternatively, you can also take the Polybahn from Central square.

    The workshop itself is NOT in the main ETH building but in building ML, next to the main building on Tannenstrasse.

    The venue is in Building ML, Lecture Room number F 34 (first floor)

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