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.
IWSG (International Workshop on Science Gateways) is a yearly workshop series which focuses on research contributions for science gateways. IWSG takes place in Europe and IWSG-A takes place in Australia. The workshops are partnering with the yearly US workshop on science gateways sciencegateways.org.
The workshops aim 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.
They form an international platform to exchange experience, formulate ideas, and catch up on technological advances in the context of science gateways.
The objectives of IWSG are
There are three alternatives for researchers to present their work: talks, lightning talks, and demonstration sessions. Submission of a full paper may result in a talk, submission of an abstract may result in a lightning talk or a demonstration. All submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed and evaluated on quality and relevance. Accepted full papers are published in workshop proceedings and result in fully citable articles.