NSF PILOT STUDY

Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence

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Identity Management

The Identity Management working group focuses on understanding current practice in authentication and authorization, and helping to mature practice across the NSF Major Facilities. We do this by maintaining and sharing awareness of best practices as well as current policy and technology options for implementing those practices. Through direct engagements with specific facilities, participation in the NSF Cybersecurity Summit and other events, and publishing experience papers, case studies, and other artifacts, we hope to accelerate the exchange of lessons learned in Identity Management across the NSF Major Facility ecosystem.

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Current Activities

Monthly Topic Discussion. See Presentations for products.

Cloud Infrastructure

This working group aims to (1) understand the current practices for Cloud Infrastructure used by MFs, (2) research alternative solutions and keep up to date with emerging cloud technologies, and (3) develop a general set of best practices that can inform the MFs and how those can be adapted for specific facilities.

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Virtual Workshop. See the draft charter here

Major Facility Following

This working group aims to gauge if following Major Facilities on their Social Media platforms will result in becoming more in tune with their needs, objectives, and challenges. The working group is actively researching tools for tracking online activity and determining which are most useful. Once the pilot phase has yielded results, the group will pivot to utilizing best practices in order to pin-point possible opportunities for engagement, focusing on the CI CoE Team's expertise and services that they can provide.

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Data Storage, Curation and Preservation

The goals of this working group is to compare and be able to consult on different data storage, curation and preservation technologies. Current effort includes helping with metadata and applying schema.org schemas to data from major facilities.

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Arecibo Engagement

Data Visualization and Dissemination

This working group focuses on understanding the access, visualization and user interaction workflows in Major Facilities. In particular, we look at how the users explore and interface with the data (e.g., via APIs) for visualization and analysis purposes. Our goal is to learn best practices and provide solutions to improve the access and usability of the available data.

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Current Activities

COVID-19 Initiative. Final report can be found here.

Data Life Cycle and Disaster Recovery

The goals of this working group are to (1) understand the current practices for Data Life Cycle (DLC) stages and Disaster Recovery (DR) for the NEON facility and other major facilities (LF) by studying the architectural elements of the CI used by LFs, and (2) develop a general set of DR requirements and policies that can inform the LFs about best practices for DR and how those can be adapted for specific facilities.

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Workforce Development

This working group focuses on development, training, retention, career paths, and diversity, as well as the overall career paths for CI-related personnel.

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Virtual Workshop

Engagement with Major Facilities

This working group aims to engage with Major Facilities and other large cyberinfrastructure projects to foster knowledge and effective practice sharing. It aims to define avenues of engagement, modes of engagement, and plan community activities.

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Data Capture

This working group focuses on the multiple technology stacks required and challenges involved in: (i) data capture at the sensor front end, (ii) pre-process data at the edge, (iii) transport of data from sensors to central processing and archive sites, and (iv) deployment & maintenance of large scale remote sensor systems. The goals of this group are to provide demonstrators and comparisons of the multiple architectures that might be used in accomplishing the above.

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Data Processing

The data processing group focuses on workflows and services related to processing of data, for example transforming raw sensor data from sensors to more specific data products.

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