By definition, a Science Gateway is a “community-development set of tools, applications, and data that is integrated via a portal or a suite of applications, usually in a graphical user interface, that is further customized to meet the needs of a specific community”.
Science Gateways enable Communities of Practice (CoPs) to seamlessly exploit various kinds of distributed computing and storage resources (Grids, Clouds, HPC centres) through a common interface that is configured to fulfil their requirements. Users can focus on their scientific goals and less on assembling the e-Infrastructure they require. Science Gateways can also foster collaborations and the exchange of ideas among researchers.
The Sci-GaIA project has adopted the fully standard-based Catania Science Gateway Framework (CSGF) to build Science Gateways for its CoPs and heavily contributes to the development of the Africa Grid Science Gateway.
Since the e-Research Summer Hackfest, held in July 2016, the Sci-GaIA project has adopted the FutureGateway framework, which is an evolution of the CSGF developed in the context of the INDIGO-DataCloud project.
The applications currently available in the Africa Grid Science Gateway are listed here while the openly licenced code and the documentation of the CSGF, including the instructions to install a Science Gateway server, are available here and there, respectively. The documentation of the FutureGateway framework, instead, is available here.
If you are interested in including new applications in the Africa Grid Science Gateway, or in deploying a clone for your organisation/community/project/initiative, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.