The Global Impact of Science Gateways, Virtual Research Environments and Virtual Laboratories

Michelle Barker, Silvia Delgado Olabarriaga, Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, Sandra Gesing, Daniel S. Katz, Shayan Shahand, Scott Henwood, Tristan Glatard, Keith Jeffery, Brian Corrie, Andrew Treloar, Helen Glaves, Lesley Wyborn, Neil Chue Hong, Alessandro Costa

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Science gateways, virtual laboratories and virtual research environments are all terms used to refer to community-developed digital environments that are de- signed to meet a set of needs for a research community. Specifically, they refer to integrated access to research community resources including software, data, col- laboration tools, workflows, instrumentation and high-performance computing, usually via Web and mobile applications. Science gateways, virtual laboratories and virtual research environments are enabling significant contributions to many research domains, facilitating more efficient, open, reproducible research in bold new ways. This paper explores the global effect of these programs in increasing research impact, demonstrates their value in the broader digital landscape and discusses future opportunities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-248
Number of pages36
JournalFuture Generation Computer Systems
Early online date3 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


  • science gateways
  • virtual research environments
  • virtual laboratories
  • open science
  • e-Infrastructure
  • cyberinfrastructure

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