Looking for authoritative definitions for VRE, VLab, Science Gateway, ...

22 Feb 2018

Dear VRE-IG members,

we all know VRE, VLab, Science Gateway are terms often used as synonyms ... this was discussed in the group many times.

I'm wondering whether there is any document / report / paper worth suggesting for definitions on terms including VREs, VLabs, Science Gateways et simila.  

Besides definition it will be great if you can provide me with documents aiming at highlighting the differences (if any) among these terms.

Thanks for your support.

Regards,

Leo

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    Author: Keith Jeffery

    Date: 22 Feb, 2018

    Leo –
    For VRE I rely on the JISC definition at https://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/implementing-a-virtual-research-environmen... and specifically:
    “Virtual Research Environments (VREs) start from a similar premise, providing an integrated suite of teaching and learning, and management and administration tools - whilst also including specialist analytical and research tools. As with all new technologies, much of the nature and direction of VREs is continuing to evolve.”

    For SG I rely on ICSG: http://www.icsciencegateways.org/what-is-a-science-gateway/ specifically:
    “A Science Gateway (or Virtual Research Environment/Virtual Laboratory) is a community-developed set of tools, applications, and data collections that are integrated through a tailored web-based environment. Often Science Gateways leverage larger scale facilities to increase access and enable collaboration. Gateways can be used to tackle common scientific goals as well as offering resources for educating students and informing non-experts.”

    For VL it is more difficult. The original concept is defned in Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_Laboratory but refers to a domain-specific environment, nonetheless it includes a wide range of offerings (including e.g. publications, equipment etc). The Australian VL concept is less broad n some dimensions and equally broad in others.

    So for me a VRE is a superset of VL is a superset of SG

    Does that help?
    Best
    Keith

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    Subject: [vre_ig] Looking for authoritative definitions for VRE, VLab, Science Gateway, ...

    Dear VRE-IG members,

    we all know VRE, VLab, Science Gateway are terms often used as synonyms ... this was discussed in the group many times.

    I'm wondering whether there is any document / report / paper worth suggesting for definitions on terms including VREs, VLabs, Science Gateways et simila.

    Besides definition it will be great if you can provide me with documents aiming at highlighting the differences (if any) among these terms.

    Thanks for your support.

    Regards,

    Leo
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