Developing a Computational Environment for Coupling MOR Data, Maps, and Models: The Virtual Research Vessel (VRV) Prototype
2001 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
The prototype of a computational environment and toolset, called the Virtual Research Vessel (VRV), is being developed to provide scientists and educators with ready access to data, results, and numerical models. While this effort is focused on the EPR 9N region, the resulting software tools and infrastructure should be helpful in establishing similar systems for other sections of the global mid-ocean ridge. Work in progress includes efforts to develop: (1) a virtual database to incorporate diverse data types (along with domain-specific metadata) into a global schema, allowing for web-query across different marine geology data sets, and an analogous, declarative (database-available) description of tools and models; (2) the ability to move data between GIS and the above DBMS, along with the tools to encourage data submission to archives; (3) tools for finding and viewing archives, and translating between formats; (4) support for "computational steering" (tool composition) and model coupling (e.g., the ability to run tool composition locally, but access input data from the web, application programming interfaces (APIs) to support coupling, especially of programs that are running remotely, and help in writing data wrappers to publish programs); (5) support of migration paths for prototyped model coupling; and (6) export of marine geological data and data analysis to the undergraduate classroom (VRV-ET, "Educational Tool").
See the main VRV web site at oregonstate.edu/dept/vrv .