Part 3 – Develop EGI widgets
The first part of my series of posts on web widgets introduced the widget concept, and its importance for Our community. The second part provided instructions to operators of EGI-related web pages on how to embed EGI widgets into their sites. This, third post shows how software providers from the comunity can participate in EGI widget activities.
Part 2 - Embed EGI widgets into your website
EGI keynote on supporting LSGC VRC
There were a number of interesting questions asked after my talk yesterday on EGI at the HealthGrid conference at UWE, Bristol. The talk covered three aspects of EGI's activity: 1) managing sustainable infrastructure, 2) building sustainable user services, and 3) cultivating sustainable communities (with a focus on the Life Sciences Grid Community - LSGC). The call to arms at the end of the talk focused on encouraging the Life Sciences community to participate in the activities of the recently formalised LSGC and, furthermore, to make use of the EGI services namely the Applications Database, the Training Marketplace and the VO services. Finally, the audience was urged to look out for and engage with the forthcoming user community workshops.
Part 1 - Introduction
The sheer volume of web sites and portals provided within the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) ecosystem has grown so overwhelming that an increasing number of people are adopting multipurpose tools to help them manage and personalize the vast amount of data thrown at them every day. Personalized web pages in iGoogle and Netvibes, dashboards developed within the community reflects attempts to make the web-enabled services of EGI more manageable. This post – the first part of a series – provides an overview of the "web widgets concept" and shows how widgets could contribute to the more efficient promotion and reuse of software services within EGI. (Part 2, Part 3, Part4)
EGI, Life Sciences and the HealthGrid Comference 2011
The 2011 HealthGrid Conference in Bristol got off to a flying start with an upbeat summary of the current situation for eScience research and associated facilities in Melbourne and the rest of Australia from Professor Richard Sinnott recently of these islands. Richard has an admirable track record having delivered a strong legacy of clinical research-related projects based around robust and well-crafted solutions. However, the risks associated with such solutions hinge largely on the sustainability of such interventions in the longer term. This is where EGI comes in, building on the achievements of such projects by transferring the applications and services to a production infrastructure when and where applicable in the european context. In this way EGI can provide a way forward from the dependency on the project cycle for developing research infrastructure leaving experts like Richard free to take on new challenges whether in Australia or Europe.
International Workshop on Science Gateways for Life Sciences
Portals and gateways play a crucial part in the ongoing process of increasing the number of scientists and researchers using the grid. Listening to what this group of specialist developers is doing was always going to be benficial, but the coincidence of this event, held at the University of Westminster in the heart of London, with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Virtual Research Community (VRC) for Life Sciences made it doubly so. This small coordinating organisation, to be known as the Life Sciences Grid Community (LSGC) will appear in many places in the future as the community is extremely active in many areas.
Digging into the user's challenges
Now that the Requirements Tracker system has been up and running for over five months, we have acquired a fair number of requests for new features and new configurations of the infrastructure. The total number of requests submitted to UCS today stands at 233.
For some time now we have wanted to commence a series of workshops aimed at exploring and, ultimately, resolving many of the more complex issues arising from these tickets...