Speaker Greg Quinn, Blair Jennings, and Robert Byrnes
Affiliation San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)
Host Dan Fay
Date recorded 6 January 2005
The wealth of information and data freely available to researchers over the Internet is breathtaking, and has led to fundamental changes in the ways in which information is accessed and used by domain scientists. However, accompanying this revolution are some very real issues associated with end-user "data overload": How to collate, store, search and re-purpose Internet-derived data How to effectively annotate this information How to share this information with colleagues How to view locally archived and networked data in a richly interactive environment, far beyond that capable through a standard web page We will present initial work on the SDSC Notebook, a Windows-based application that seeks to address the issue of data overload and to powerfully serve the needs of the research and knowledge worker communities. The project's goal is to develop an application that will store and manage scientific data derived from a variety of networked resources, such as SOAP services and web pages, into an XML data repository on the end-users computer. Notebook application users will be able to share data and annotations by means of peer-to-peer communication between Notebook application users, creating a virtual collaboratory. Locally stored data will be capable of being annotated using both text and ink data types. An embedded development framework that uses XAML markup to create user interfaces to local and networked data/services will provide informatics developers with the tools needed to create the next generation of advanced data interfaces. More info at http://www.notebookproject.org/
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