Making all research data accessible, discoverable, and usable

Globus Labs is a research group led by Prof. Ian Foster and Dr. Kyle Chard that spans the Computation Institute, Department of Computer Science, and Math and Computer Science Division at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. Our modest goal is to realize a world in which all research data are reliably, rapidly, and securely accessible, discoverable, and usable. To this end, we work on a broad range of research problems in data-intensive computing and research data management. Our work is made possible by much-appreciated support from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and other sources, and in addition to computer science, engages fields as diverse as materials science, biology, archaeology, climate policy, and social sciences. We work closely with the team developing the Globus research data management platform, who often challenge us to think bigger—and sometimes implement our less crazy ideas.


FEATURED PROJECTS

We are developing methods to automate the scientific data lifecycle.

funcX is a Function as a Service platform for scientific computing.

Parallel scripting in Python


RECENT NEWS

Kyle presented “Serverless Science for Simple, Scalable, and Shareable Scholarship” at eScience 2019.

Kyle served as a panelist on the topic of “Effective Checklists for Developers and Researchers” at Gateways 2019.

Kyle’s paper “Application of BagIt-Serialized Research Object Bundles for Packaging and Re-execution of Computational Analyses” was presented at the Research Objects workshop at eScience 2019.

Kyle presented “Big Data Bags: A Scalable Packaging Format for Science” at the Research Objects workshop at eScience 2019.