The GABBs Report - Building Geospatial Capability in HUBzero

By Carol Song

Purdue University

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Geospatial data are present everywhere today with the proliferation of location-aware computing devices. This is especially true in the scientific community where large amounts of data are driving research and education activities in many domains. Collaboration over geospatial data, for example, in modeling, data analysis and visualization, must still overcome the barriers of specialized software and expertise among other challenges. In addressing these needs, the GABBs project aims at building geospatial modeling, data analysis and visualization capabilities in HUBzero. Funded by NSF’s Data Infrastructure Building Blocks initiative, GABBs is creating a geospatial data architecture that integrates spatial data management, mapping and visualization, and interfaces in HUBzero and will make these available through open source releases. This presentation will report and demonstrate the progress made in the GABBs project, and seek feedback and suggestions from the HUBzero developer and user communities.


Dr. Carol Song is a Senior Research Scientist and director of the Scientific Solutions group at the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing, Purdue University. Carol received her Ph.D. in computer science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her current research interests include high performance computing and distributed systems, cyberinfrastructure science, and data-driven methods and applications. Carol is the principal investigator for several NSF funded projects, including the DRINET, TeraGrid, and XSEDE. She served as the Chair of the XD Service Provider Forum 2011-2013 and is currently a member of the XSEDE advisory board. Her most recent project is an NSF Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) implementation grant to develop and integrate geospatial tools and data support into HUBzero, furthering the HUBzero platform for scientific collaboration.


The GABBs Project Team

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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Song, C. X. "The GABBs Report: Building Geospatial Capability in HUBzero", The HUBzero annual conference, September 14-15, 2015.
  • Carol Song (2015), "The GABBs Report - Building Geospatial Capability in HUBzero,"

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