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Collaborative Science: Technologies & Examples Cameron Kiddle Research Fellow, Grid Research Centre (GRC)  University of C...
Outline <ul><li>Technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web 2.0/Social Networking </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul><...
Web 2.0 – “The Social Web” <ul><li>Aimed at: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing feature rich user environments </li></ul></ul...
Social Networking <ul><li>Personal </li></ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul><ul><li>Academic </li></ul><ul><li>White label </l...
Social Networking Motivation <ul><li>Can enhance collaboration capabilities around data and applications – “ Facebook for ...
Academia.edu <ul><li>Search for others based on research interests, institution, department, position </li></ul><ul><li>Fo...
Sciweavers  ( www.sciweavers.org ) <ul><li>Bookmarking network </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed at promoting research work and rese...
myExperiment  ( www.myexperiment.org ) <ul><li>Developed at Universities of Southampton, Manchester and Oxford </li></ul><...
HUBzero  ( hubzero.org ) <ul><li>A collaborative platform for scientists developed at Purdue University </li></ul><ul><li>...
GeoChronos   ( geochronos.org ) <ul><li>CANARIE NEP-I Project </li></ul><ul><li>Partners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CANARIE, Uo...
GeoChronos - Collaboration <ul><li>Social networking portal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Elgg-based  (elgg.org) </li></ul></ul><u...
GeoChronos – Interactive Application Service <ul><li>On-line, on-demand access to scientific applications </li></ul><ul><l...
GeoChronos – Spectral Libraries <ul><li>Store, share and browse spectral data </li></ul><ul><li>Manage metadata for spectr...
GeoChronos – MODIS Workflows <ul><li>Creation/execution/monitoring of workflows (mosaic, reprojection and subsetting of MO...
GeoChronos – Next Steps <ul><li>Development/integration of additional collaboration tools/plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Genera...
CyberSKA   ( www.cyberska.org ) <ul><li>CANARIE NEP-II Project </li></ul><ul><li>Partners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CANARIE, C...
CyberSKA - Collaboration <ul><li>Social networking portal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Elgg-based  (elgg.org) </li></ul></ul><ul>...
CyberSKA - Visualization <ul><li>Recognition of FITS Mime Type </li></ul><ul><li>In-line display of FITS headers </li></ul...
CyberSKA – Data Access <ul><li>Access/download multi-dimensional FITS data </li></ul><ul><li>Select region of interest, st...
CyberSKA – Next Steps <ul><li>Development/integration of additional collaboration tools/plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Develop ...
WaterCloud <ul><li>Cybera Pilot Project </li></ul><ul><li>Partners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Alberta Advanced Education and Te...
WaterCloud - Collaboration <ul><li>Social networking portal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Elgg-based  (elgg.org) </li></ul></ul><u...
WaterCloud – Visualization Tool <ul><li>Map for displaying and selecting monitoring stations to analyse data for </li></ul...
WaterCloud – Collection Management <ul><li>Save a set of monitoring stations and affiliated descriptions, date ranges and ...
WaterCloud – Next Steps <ul><li>Employment of Semantic Web technologies to better link data of different types and better ...
Contact Information Cybera Summit  Sep. 22, 2010 Cameron Kiddle [email_address] http://pages.cspc.ucalgary.ca/~kiddlec/ ht...
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Collaborative Science: Technologies & Examples

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Presentation I gave at Cybera Summit 2010 in Banff, AB on September 22, 2010. Discusses different Web 2.0 / social networking technologies that can enable collaborative science and example uses of these technologies as part of collaborative science portals/gateways. Examples include a few projects that the Grid Research Centre at the University of Calgary is involved in including:
GeoChronos (http://geochronos.org), CyberSKA (http://www.cyberska.org) and WaterCloud - all of these projects make use of the Elgg open source social networking platform.

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Collaborative Science: Technologies & Examples

  1. 1. Collaborative Science: Technologies & Examples Cameron Kiddle Research Fellow, Grid Research Centre (GRC) University of Calgary
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web 2.0/Social Networking </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academia.edu, Sciweavers, myExperiment, HUBzero </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Examples GRC is working on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GeoChronos, CyberSKA, WaterCloud </li></ul></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  3. 3. Web 2.0 – “The Social Web” <ul><li>Aimed at: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing feature rich user environments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making it easier for users to generate Web content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improving online social connectivity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs/Microblogs (WordPress, TypePad, Twitter) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis (Wikipedia) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mashups (HousingMaps, ChicagoCrime) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Widgets/Gadgets (iGoogle, Netvibes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social networks (Facebook, MySpace) </li></ul></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  4. 4. Social Networking <ul><li>Personal </li></ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul><ul><li>Academic </li></ul><ul><li>White label </li></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  5. 5. Social Networking Motivation <ul><li>Can enhance collaboration capabilities around data and applications – “ Facebook for Scientists ” </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook Widely adopted </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>People: > 500 million users (50% log on to Facebook on any given day), average user has 130 friends </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Data: > 30 billion pieces of content shared each month </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Applications: > 550 thousand applications on Facebook Platform </li></ul></ul></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  6. 6. Academia.edu <ul><li>Search for others based on research interests, institution, department, position </li></ul><ul><li>Follow work of others (via news feed) </li></ul><ul><li>Share your own publications, presentations, research interests </li></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  7. 7. Sciweavers ( www.sciweavers.org ) <ul><li>Bookmarking network </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed at promoting research work and researcher visibility </li></ul><ul><li>Share links to presentations, notes, source code, datasets, etc. </li></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  8. 8. myExperiment ( www.myexperiment.org ) <ul><li>Developed at Universities of Southampton, Manchester and Oxford </li></ul><ul><li>Share scientific workflows and other research objects </li></ul><ul><li>Contacts, groups, tagging, rating, reviews, comments </li></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  9. 9. HUBzero ( hubzero.org ) <ul><li>A collaborative platform for scientists developed at Purdue University </li></ul><ul><li>Recently released as open source (spring 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Share publications, presentations, courses, seminars </li></ul><ul><li>Groups, wikis, blogs, ratings, citations, tagging, … </li></ul><ul><li>On-line, interactive access to tools/applications </li></ul><ul><li>Supports over 20 hubs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>nanoHUB.org, pharmaHUB.org, thermalHUB.org, … </li></ul></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  10. 10. GeoChronos ( geochronos.org ) <ul><li>CANARIE NEP-I Project </li></ul><ul><li>Partners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CANARIE, UofA, Cybera, UofC (GRC) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>On-line collaborative portal for Earth observation scientists </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed at enabling sharing of scientific data and applications </li></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  11. 11. GeoChronos - Collaboration <ul><li>Social networking portal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Elgg-based (elgg.org) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social networking services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tags </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Media/document sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends/contacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Message boards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calendars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Status </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activity Feeds </li></ul></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  12. 12. GeoChronos – Interactive Application Service <ul><li>On-line, on-demand access to scientific applications </li></ul><ul><li>Share application sessions and data with other users </li></ul><ul><li>Access control to applications </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted on top of a cloud computing platform that can dynamically provision resources on-demand </li></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  13. 13. GeoChronos – Spectral Libraries <ul><li>Store, share and browse spectral data </li></ul><ul><li>Manage metadata for spectra </li></ul><ul><li>Create and share metadata schemas </li></ul><ul><li>View spectral plots, metadata, ancillary files and maps </li></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  14. 14. GeoChronos – MODIS Workflows <ul><li>Creation/execution/monitoring of workflows (mosaic, reprojection and subsetting of MODIS satellite data) </li></ul><ul><li>Upload or selection of shapefile/region of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Selection of data products </li></ul><ul><li>Extraction of quality control information </li></ul><ul><li>Thumbnail generation for output files for viewing/verification of data </li></ul><ul><li>Browsing of MODIS and workflow output data/metadata from workflows via same data management system developed for Spectral Library </li></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  15. 15. GeoChronos – Next Steps <ul><li>Development/integration of additional collaboration tools/plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Generalization of data management system to support other data types (other satellite data, flux and phenology tower data, meteorological data, ...) </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed data management </li></ul><ul><li>Employ Semantic Web technologies to better link/relate data and enable ontological mapping of metadata from different schemas </li></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  16. 16. CyberSKA ( www.cyberska.org ) <ul><li>CANARIE NEP-II Project </li></ul><ul><li>Partners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CANARIE, Cornell, Cybera, IBM Canada, McGill, NRC, UBC, UBCO, UofC (Physics/GRC) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>On-line collaborative portal for radio astronomers </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed at addressing evolving science needs of future radio telescopes such as the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) will be largest radio-telescope when completed </li></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  17. 17. CyberSKA - Collaboration <ul><li>Social networking portal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Elgg-based (elgg.org) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Initially adapted from GeoChronos with significant development/customization since </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social networking services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tags </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Media/document sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends/contacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Message boards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calendars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Status </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activity Feeds </li></ul></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  18. 18. CyberSKA - Visualization <ul><li>Recognition of FITS Mime Type </li></ul><ul><li>In-line display of FITS headers </li></ul><ul><li>On-line visualization of FITS files </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive panning and zooming </li></ul><ul><li>Histogram correction </li></ul><ul><li>Color map adjustment </li></ul><ul><li>Display data values for each pixel </li></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  19. 19. CyberSKA – Data Access <ul><li>Access/download multi-dimensional FITS data </li></ul><ul><li>Select region of interest, stokes parameters, channel range and width </li></ul><ul><li>Requested data generated on virtualized Condor Pool </li></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  20. 20. CyberSKA – Next Steps <ul><li>Development/integration of additional collaboration tools/plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Develop distributed data management system </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have an initial iRODS-based prototype </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Establish cloud environments at each site </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Facebook-like third party application API </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a framework for users to integrate data processing and analysis tools/algorithms they have developed </li></ul><ul><li>Improve scalability of on-line visualization tool </li></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  21. 21. WaterCloud <ul><li>Cybera Pilot Project </li></ul><ul><li>Partners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Alberta Advanced Education and Technology, Alberta WaterSMART, Cybera, Tesera Systems Inc, UofC (GRC) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Aimed at exploring use of cloud services to store, manipulate and expose data related to water management </li></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  22. 22. WaterCloud - Collaboration <ul><li>Social networking portal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Elgg-based (elgg.org) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social networking services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tags </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Media/document sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends/contacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Message boards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calendars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Status </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activity Feeds </li></ul></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  23. 23. WaterCloud – Visualization Tool <ul><li>Map for displaying and selecting monitoring stations to analyse data for </li></ul><ul><li>Manage monitoring stations and collections </li></ul><ul><li>Select and plot data </li></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  24. 24. WaterCloud – Collection Management <ul><li>Save a set of monitoring stations and affiliated descriptions, date ranges and data types as a collection </li></ul><ul><li>Share collections with other contacts, groups, or make public </li></ul><ul><li>Load previous saved/shared collections for instant data analysis </li></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  25. 25. WaterCloud – Next Steps <ul><li>Employment of Semantic Web technologies to better link data of different types and better automate analysis of data </li></ul><ul><li>Explore different ways for visualizing and integrating data in a meaningful way </li></ul><ul><li>Explore value added services for processing and analysing data </li></ul>Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010
  26. 26. Contact Information Cybera Summit Sep. 22, 2010 Cameron Kiddle [email_address] http://pages.cspc.ucalgary.ca/~kiddlec/ http://geochronos.org/ [email_address] http://grid.ucalgary.ca/ CyberSKA http://www.cyberska.org/ [email_address]

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