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 P.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 designed to meet a set of needs for a research community. Specifically, they refer to integrated access to research community resources including software, data, collaboration 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 impact achieved by the sum effects of these programs in increasing research impact, demonstrates their value in the broader digital landscape and discusses future opportunities. This is evidenced through examination of national and international programs in this field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-248
Number of pages9
JournalFuture Generation Computer Systems
StatePublished - Jun 2019


  • Cyberinfrastructure
  • Open science
  • Science gateways
  • Virtual laboratories
  • Virtual research environments
  • e-infrastructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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