eScience on the Surface

E-science experiments often require large amounts of computing power and storage resources to facilitate them, and much research has gone into providing software and hardware for these high-end needs. However, once these systems have produced data sets, there are few tools to comprehensively help researchers analyse, share and publish their findings and conclusions.

eScience on the Surface is an application that runs on Microsoft’s Surface tablet, and is a practical way for scientists to collaborate around large data sets. Using a touch-screen coffee table, groups of scientists can look at all of their data at once, arranging it on the tabletop as they wish, adding annotations, and creating visual links between separate pieces of data. This application is also integrated with Microsoft Outlook, enabling users to bring their email contacts onto the table alongside the data. This means that they can visualise the links between people and data as well.



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