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From "Miller, Mark" <>
Subject RE: Experiment Sharing
Date Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:20:44 GMT
I agree with Borries that this is a feature that each Gateway must have complete control over.

If I understand how Airavata/SciGap architecture is planned, the Gateway retains responsibility
for the database of results it generates.
In this context, it seems simpler to me to let the Gateway set/manage permissions for its
own users according to their needs.
CIPRES has records of data, tasks, and results that could be shared.

That said, we have not implemented a way of doing that, it is something we hoped to do.

If there is a way of making sharing possible within Airavata 
1) without disturbing the CIPRES results DB, and 
2) gives CIPRES users control over it
3) could be modified on a per Gateway basis

It would be something to discuss. The description Borries gave is what I would like to have
in CIPRES, and intuitively, anyhow, it seems like something that could be left to the Gateway.


-----Original Message-----
From: Borries Demeler [] 
Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:10 PM
Cc: users
Subject: Re: Experiment Sharing

Dear Sachith,

It is quite possible to share experiments through the UltraScan gateway, and we have carefully
thought about this problem. Of course, it is important to recognize data ownership and to
protect it as much as possible.

In our gateway people can identify selected users of their own gateway instance with whom
they want to share their data. On a first level, this only permits access of the analysis
results, visualizations and metadata. Another flag (=user-level) controls if they should have
access to the primary data.  User levels are decided by the administrator of the gateway instance.
We chose to assign individual gateway instances for each institution. Each also has their
own MySQL DB backend, so data can never get mixed up or misappropriated.

So we allow the user pretty much fine grained control over who can access what portions of
their data. This is one case where you really want to micromanage access rights to safeguard
people's research data and possibly proprietary information for corporate clients.

I think this question is best handled by the specific implementation of the gateway, and probably
not necessarily something that should be handled on the level of Airavata.

Regards, -Borries

On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 02:56:18PM -0400, Sachith Withana wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm exploring the use cases of allowing experiment sharing through 
> Airavata.
> It would be wonderful if the science community can help me understand 
> the real world use cases of Experiment sharing.
> I initially thought of having groups in a community and allow sharing 
> within group(s) or make it public ( within the gateway). But it could 
> be different.
> Is anyone using this now? and how do you do that?
> --
> Thanks,
> Sachith Withana

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