NACSE Research Projects

NACSE engages in collaborative research with communities of scientists or engineers. Projects focus on making scientific data and software more useful, and understandable, to diverse audiences - including research collaborators, scientists in other fields, students, and the general public. Current projects fall into five general areas.

Linking Maps and Data

Connecting data and maps can bring new insight and understanding to very large, complex data sets. NACSE interfaces make it possible for users to explore geographical data more intuitively and productively, by integrating databases with familiar methods of manipulating maps.

Scientific Data for Multiple Audiences

The usefulness of a scientific database can be increased dramatically by adding tools so that users can access the data in ways that are most "natural" for their expertise and interests. NACSE develops interfaces that give multiple "personalities" to research data, making it appealing to different types of audiences.

Community Portals

Researchers working on different aspects of a project or discipline have the need to share results, view and comment on each other's progress, and collaborate from distant locations. NACSE works with various scientific groups to develop web-based portals where users can jointly develop experiments, computational models, and data repositories.

Remote Participation

Large, expensive, and unique experimental equipment is needed for many types of scientific and engineering research. Not all institutions have such facilities, nor is it always possible to travel to a distant location to use one-of-a-kind equipment. NACSE develops software that allows scientists to participate in experiments from their own institutions.

Data Anywhere

Storing data in an online database and developing a web-based user interface is one way to make data accessible to other researchers. But what about those individuals who need to access data from unusual locations - such as from a remote forest or the middle of an ocean? NACSE develops tools that allow researchers to package up the information they will need in the field, so they can carry it with them and access it flexibly using a laptop or handheld device.