Hi @MaximusByamukama_dc2 and @JoachimReuder_d7c0, @BjornPehrson_47a0, @MaryNsabagwa_94ef
First of all, let me start by saying that there is no "Sci-GaIA" platform per-se. A platform implies an integrated set of tools used towards a set of tasks defined by a community. You can make a platform out of what we're developing and supporting, but we don't prescribe how to do this - each community is different.
Secondly, thanks for the topic - I hope this discussion forum is a happy and friendly place for us all As moderator though I'll sometimes ask to organise the way we conduct the discussions in a way that will help others also get the best of out if - the general guidelines are spelled out in the faq. One of the aspects is generally staying on-topic in posts - so, this means creating a new topic every time a new question or discussion comes up. This may seem a bit wasteful, but it will help future readers a lot.
Now, let me answer your questions here, one by one, and respond to your issues.
First of all, the project Sci-GaIA is working on various services to support research in all domains -
- computing platforms for executing scientific workflows (HPC clusters, grids and clouds)
- data platforms for storing, sharing, publishing and moving data
- identity federations and policy authorities for enabling access to these and other services
- science gateways for providing simple interfaces to complex applications such as WRF, and their execution environments (the grids, clouds and HPC clusters I mentioned before)
- various support services, such as this discussion forum.
These tools are open to all researchers from our region, so feel free to spread the word. However, if groups do start using and depending on these tools, we would like to form technical collaborations in order to develop them further together - so feedback is important. If you would like more information on any of these, please start a new topic, describing what you would like to do and we'll discuss how to put the tools to use.
If you want to share this platform with others, just send around the link and get them to join - the more people we have participating here, the better.
Now, let me get to your specific questions:
I think the question is rather : what do you what to do ? This discussion forum, as well as almost everything else that the Sci-GaIA project is working on, is just a tool. This forum is a place for discussion - in this case, the discussion of scientific research in our region, and the tools that enable it... but let's stay focussed on your goals ! Now, I am a researcher just like you, albeit in a different field, but we all need the right tools for the job, so let me continue to give you some opinion on what I suggest for the other things you mention:
This depends a lot on what documents you're wanting to edit. Here I may not be the best person to ask, since I mostly write code, blogs and research articles - for this I turn to my trusty editor Atom. It may sound silly, but having an editor which actually does what you want, and shows you your work in an understandable way goes a long way to making the research output process smoother. So, I never use Word to write documents unless I absolutely have to (i.e., when someone else starts the document and I am forced to contribute to it).
However, even then the most important thing is change control. For this, almost everyone on the planet is using Git, whether they know it or not. Like Linux, it's hidden in almost everything. In the teams I work with and collaborate with Github is the tool of choice for hosting and sharing everything from documents to websites to code. You can easily create organisations like ours :
if you're collaborating on anything at all, not just code, then you really should get going with Github. I'm happy to discuss how to get the most out of it, if you like.
I'm not quite sure what you mean here by time tabling tools - could you be a bit more descriptive please ? Are you talking about tools to track the time spent on various projects, or tools to help generate a workload time table ?
There are a lot of tools for these out there, and they are, I think, mostly a matter of taste, as well as what other tools you're already using. If it helps, I use hamster.
Well, I'm afraid you'll have to ask folks like @JoachimReuder_d7c0, @BjornPehrson_47a0 and others who are in the climate sciences field. I'm just a humble physicist But feel free to start a topic on that !