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HUBzero: A Web-based Platform for research, Education and Scientific Collaboration

By Michael McLennan

Purdue University

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Imagine an app store for scientists, engineers, and educators filled with simulation and modeling tools — not simple Java applets, but real research codes that tackle difficult problems and may require substantial computing power drawn from the Cloud. Imagine a new way of publishing scientific work that involves not just articles about those tools, but the tools themselves, online and accessible to the world through an ordinary Web browser. Imagine an array of databases at your fingertips, with information that is easy to search, sort, and filter.

That dream has become a reality for a wide variety of topics, including nanotechnology, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, earthquake engineering, volcanic activity, and environmental modeling. Each of these fields have used an open source software package called the HUBzero Platform for Scientific Collaboration to create an online collaboratory — a "hub" for their community. Each hub contains an electronic library of simulation tools, along with data sets, seminars, tutorials, and teaching materials contributed by the community. The past year has seen 40 such hubs in operation, serving more than 800,000 visitors from 172 countries. This seminar will demonstrate examples of hubs and how they're being used to support both education and research.

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  • Michael McLennan (2013), "HUBzero: A Web-based Platform for research, Education and Scientific Collaboration,"

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Ishwar Chandramouliswaran

National Cancer Institute