Breaking Resource Discovery Barriers
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TimeTuesday, July 306:30pm - 8:30pm
LocationCrystal Foyer and Crystal B
DescriptionResearchers, educators, and students rely on online information technology resources and services, including software, computing/storage/instrument resources, online and offline training, and consulting and technical services, to name a few. Discovering technology resources across organizational boundaries can be challenging because organizations generally only facilitate discovery of their own resources, because general purpose search engines are too generic, and because resource information may reside in database and not be indexed by general purpose search engines.
Starting in 2017, University of Illinois Technology Services’ Research IT Team set out to create a single point of entry via the Research IT Portal to identify, gain access to use and access to support for Research IT resources and services. One of the biggest hurdles faced during the design process was how to make the wide variety of resources and services discoverable by the Research IT Portal.Recognizing that the XSEDE program had a similar challenge to enable resources, software and services discovery and that it had developed Information Services to enable aggregation, indexing, and programmatic cross-institutional discovery, the University of Illinois and XSEDE decided to collaborate and build a joint solution.
This paper presents a new approach developed through a collaboration between the University of Illinois Technology Services and the XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Integration teams to enable discovery and use of technology resources across departments, campuses, and institutional boundaries to facilitate research and educational activities.