The capstones of cyberinfrastructure investments are science gateways, a type of virtual organization that provide community access to integrated computational resources, data and information, instruments, observatories, and to each other. Science gateways relax constraints of time and distance for knowledge-based collaboration, enable broadened participation in authentic research and learning, and promote synergy between research and learning from novice to expert level. The nanoHUB, now with significant worldwide impact, is a leading exemplar of the power of science gateways. The nanoHUB team has also produced software, experience, and best practices that are being used to create effective science gateways in other disciplines.
Daniel E. Atkins
Director, Office of Cyberinfrastructure, National Science Foundation (2008)