Interactive Data System
WebWinds, the successor to LinkWinds, is an interactive
science data visualization system. WebWinds is written
in Java, is available for all major computer platforms
and is based on LinkWinds in that it inherits LinkWinds
functionality. Because it is written in Java, WebWinds
is modular, allowing flexibility in tool construction
and application. It is also largely platform and
operating system independent so that it functions
efficiently in today's heterogeneous environment.
Ultimately, it will be user extensible, allow internetbased distributed processing and will be designed to
fulfill the needs of data providers as well as data
The WebWinds user interface uses a direct
manipulation approach in that it employs continuous
representation of displays and controls requiring
physical actions rather than complex syntax. The
benefits of this approach are that it allows rapid
response to operations with immediately visible
effects. Currently, the main features of WebWinds
* The ability to present and manipulate 2 and 3
dimensional data in a variety of 1 and 2
dimensional display tools
* The ability to subset and subsample data on
input or display output, making it possible to
handle very large data sets.
* Simultaneous display and analysis of multiple
data sets which may be totally unrelated.
* Interactive color manipulation.
* The ability to act as a Web browser helper
application, making it possible to survey
scientific data archives in interactive mode.
For more information, please see the WebWinds
WebWinds Development Team /
firstname.lastname@example.org / Sept 10, 1998