The GABBs development is driven by requirements and use cases from the broader science and education communities. Part of our effort is to continuously seek and gather user requirements and refine our priority and schedule based user input.
Domain scientists are co-investigators on the project. They regularly meet with the developers to review design, iterate on interface and feature implementation.
Our outreach and engagement activities include engaging scientists on our advisory board for input, participating in domain science workshops, conferences, and other events, to listen, present, and demonstrate work-in-progress. We have also hosted, sponsored and supported various training and student engagement activities, as well as collaborated with our partners in exploring interoperability and integration of respective cyberinfrastructure projects.
This page has a partial list of our activities and announcements throughout the project.
October 2017 - The GABBs team actively participated in the Gateways 2017 conference where the science gateway community gathers to share knowledge and experience, and develop collaborations. Rob presented our latest work on extending GABBs to work with field data collection via mobile apps (paper and slides). Rajesh demonstrated how a science project could utilize GABBs geospatial data management and workflow features (paper and slides). The team also had discussions with interested projects around its poster at the conference.
October 2017 - Carol Song joined more than 450 participants from 68 countries at the Impacts World 2017 conference in Potsdam, Germany to discuss challenges and solutions in climate-impacts research. Carol gave a presentation at a workshop on "Universities as catalysts for change and community building around the Sustainable Development Goals", citing scientific applications and tools enabled GABBs and MyGeoHub. Her presentation, titled "An open source geospatial cyberinfrastructure for interdisciplinary collaboration and broader engagement" is available here.
July, 2017 - Rajesh Kalyanam presented a paper on our experiences enabling automated GABBs installations in AWS, titled "Cloud-enabling a Collaborative Research Platform: The GABBs Story" at the Software and Data track at the PEARC17 conference. This paper details how the GABBs software and packaging is enabled in the AWS cloud.
July, 2017 - The GABBs team in collaboration with the HUBzero team conducted a half-day hands-on tutorial at the PEARC17 conference. The tutorial titled "Interactive Science and Geospatial Visualization Tools for HUBzero Science Gateways" included presentations on various GABBs tools as well as hands-on interactive geospatial exercises in the Jupyter and R Shiny environments.
July, 2017 - GABBs release 2.0 ! A fully automated GABBs installation is now possible on Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS CloudFormation can now be used to obtain a fully-featured GABBs HUBzero hub in AWS cloud resources in under an hour. Users do not need to have any prior system administration experience and can use an intuitive wizard to configure and setup this hub. Open-source software packages are also now available for users with prior system administration experience who want to install GABBs on their own resources.
June, 2017 - Carol Song presented GABBs at the 9th International Workshop on Science Gateways (IWSG17) in Poznan, Poland. This paper gives a comprehensive description of the GABBs software building blocks, including iData, pyMapLib, geovis render server and GeoBuilder, as well as how GABBs are disseminated. (download the paper)
June, 2017 - Larry Biehl led a two-day Geosciences presentation and hands-on tutorial for 30 middle school students at the Purdue TOTAL (Turned Onto Technology & Leadership) Camp. Participants received a 75 minute presentation covering GABBs, geospatial research and the MultiSpec tool on the first day and worked through exercises on understanding and manipulating flood images from the Landsat 5 satellite on the second.
February, 2017 -GABBs installed on a hub at Georgia Tech! The MATIN (Materials Innovation Network) hub is a HUBzero-based collaborative material science research platform that uses iRODS for data storage. The GABBs team conducted discussions with them demonstrating the automatic metadata capture and indexing enhancements to HUBzero and iRODS provided by iData. Subsequently, the iData plugins and iRODS microservices were installed on the MATIN hub, enabling automatic metadata capture and keyword search using HUBzero’s Solr search mechanism. This integration demonstrated both the generality of iData and GABBs building blocks beyond geospatial data as well as the path to adding GABBs capabilities to a pre-existing hub.
January 11-12, 2017 - Carol Song and Lan Zhao joined the investigators from 34 other DIBBs projects in the first NSF DIBBs PI workshop in Arlington, VA. Carol presented the GABBs results as a panelist on the "Significant Results" panel during the first day of the workshop. Carol and Lan also presented a poster on the GABBs project goals and results to date at the workshop. Prior to the workshop, the GABBs team submitted a white paper on the significant challenges in the project. A final workshop report has been published in March 2017.
December 12-16, 2016 - The investigators (including Drs. Song, Merwade, Rajib, and students) participated in the AGU Fall meeting in San Francisco, CA. They presented the GABBs project and hydrologic modeling research results in the poster sessions, and discussed potential applications with researchers from NOAA, NASA and a number of academic institutions.
November 14-17, 2016 - Carol Song, Lan Zhao, Rajesh Kalyanam and Larry Biehl provided information about the GABBs project including iData, MultiSpec Online, PyMapLib, and GeoBuilder during the 2016 Super Computing Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.
November 11, 2016 - Carol Song presented the GABBs project at the South Big Data Hub webinar.
November 4, 2016 - Larry Biehl presented posters about the GABBs project, MultiSpec Online, PyMapLib and GeoBuilder during Purdue's College GIS Day.
November 2, 2016 - Carol Song presented the group’s work at Gateways 2016 conference, hosted by the NSF funded Science Gateways Community Institute in San Diego, CA, November 2-3, 2016. The presentation is based on a short paper titled “MyGeoHub Science Gateway for Spatial Data and a Model for Sustainability", co-authored by Lan Zhao, Carol Song, and Larry Biehl.
October 17, 2016 - Larry Biehl presented a poster about MultiSpec Online during the AmericaView Fall Technical Meeting held on the University of Louisiana - Lafayette campus.
October 6, 2016 - Larry Biehl and Kathy Kozenski of the Geography Educators' Network of Indiana (GENI) presented a session for High School students on Purdue's High School GIS day about geospatial technology.
August 1, 2016 - Congratulations to our summer interns, Abby, Lingkun, Bek, and Arjun! Thanks for being part of our GABBs team this summer and for your contribution o the project. Check out our students' posters at the Team page.
July 18, 2016 - The HUBzero and GABBs teams jointly conducted a tutorial at the XSEDE annual conference on "how to build a campus cyberinfastructure hub on the cloud with HUBzero". The geospatial data capabilities provided by GABBs is part of the platform to support research, education and collaboration. Users now can stand up a HUBzero instance on Amazon by using the HUBzero Amazon Marketplace Instance. The GABBs team also presented a poster there to the audience.
July 2016 - Larry Biehl presented the paper "PyMapLib for Rapid Development of Geospatial Data Analysis Tools" at the The Third International Conference on CyberGIS and Geospatial Data Science (CyberGIS’16) in Urbana, IL, July 27-28, 2016.
June 13-14, 2016 - Larry Biehl, Abby Perez, Carolyn Ellis, Lan Zhao and Carol Song worked with 8th and 9th graders at the TOTAL (Turned Onto Technology & Leadership) Summer Camp in West Lafayette, IN. This camp included 36 students from diverse backgrounds and from around the United States. Larry presented "Geospatial data around you" to students covering geospatial data and research and an introduction to the GeoBuilder and MultiSpec tools from the GABBS project. The following day, they each had 75 minutes of hands-on time with exercises to find locations within Indiana with highest reported rain events using Geobuilder and to map a flood event in southern Illinois and Indiana using MultiSpec. The GABBS team worked closely with the students in multiple sessions, helping them with technical questions and, at the same time, collecting valuable feedback. Most students were able to accomplish the tasks.
June 2016 - Team members Rajesh, Lan and Erich participated in the iRODS annual user group meeting in Chapel Hill, NC. Rajesh presented a paper on our experience of integrating iRODS with HUBzero, along with a live demo. Read our blog here.
May 2016 - PI Carol Song gave presentation at the workshop on Best Practices in Data Infrastructure, Pittsburgh, PA.
April 2016 - Members of the GABBS team participated in the 5th NDS (National Data Service) workshop, held in Chapel Hill, NC. Read our blog on the interactions there.
April 1, 2016 - Interviews with GABBs PI Carol Song and NSF Program Director Bob Chadduck have been reported in an article titled "Build geodata block by block", by George I. Seffers, published in the online magazine Signals (click here to view the article).
March 2-3, 2016 - Larry Biehl updated Indiana Congressional staffers about IndianaView's geospatial activities in Indiana including MultiSpec Online.
January 2016 - GABBs team has been working on an easy-to-use map library, PyMapLib. This library allows tool developer to easily include spatial data interaction and visualization in their tools. The library provides an easy-to-use API (not requiring expert knowledge in dealing with maps). It also comes with a ready-to-use map widget that third party tools can embedded in their code. The team plans to release PyMapLib as open source in the first half of 2016.
March 4-5, 2015: Meeting at RENCI with Hydroshare team
March 5, 2015: Meeting with DFC PI Reagan Moore to discuss collaboration between GABBs and DFC
April 13, 2015: NSF Review of DIBBS, Washington D.C.
An early release of iData - the geospatial data management software on HUBzero
An early release of geospatial data viewing plugin for HUBzero Publication, Project, etc.
Demonstrations of geospatial map rendering tools
Demonstration of the data presentation builder
Demonstration of remote sensing image tools
May 12-13, 2015: Presentation to the Indiana GIS conference, Bloomington, IN
May 19-21, 2015: Presentation to the USDA project Useful to Usable (U2U), Davenport, IA
June, 2015: iRODS Consortium
November 12, 2015: Purdue College GIS Day
Co-PI Larry Biehl presented geospatial tools, including GABBS work, at the Purdue College GIS Day, West Lafayette, IN. The audience consists of graduate students, faculty and other researchers in physical sciences, social sciences and liberal arts domains.
December, 2015: GABBS & HydroShare Collaboration
January, 2014: Collaboration with the DataNet iRODS project
February, 2014: Collaboration with Globus
March 28-29, 2014: US-UK Data Analytics workshop, Washington D.C.
July, 2014: Brown Dog Workshop
August, 2014: US-China Open Data workshop, Washington D.C.
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