Project Description
SciScope (see it live) is a prototype web application that allows data discovery from across multiple distributed heterogeneous data repositories. It leverages Bing Maps (formerly Microsoft Virtual Earth) and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 to support queries involving spatial, temporal and thematic constraints over an index of sensors operated by agencies such as USGS, EPA and NOAA as well as user provided data. SciScope leverages taxonomies stored as triples in SQL Server to provide search suggestions and for dealing with semantic heterogeneity between different data repositories.

SciScope Web Application User Interface Screenshot
SciScope screenshots (discovering/downloading insecticide data, browsing ecoregions left to right) for video tutorials click here

This CodePlex release includes some desktop tools to simplify data publishing and content crawling for SciScope namely Catalog Publisher and Catalog Updater.

SciScope Desktop Tools
Catalog Updater and Catalog Publisher from left to right

Content:
- SciScope web application
- Sample SQL Server 2008 database file (.mdf)
- Catalog Updater Windows Forms Application
- Catalog Publisher Windows Forms Application
- Microsoft Research Licensing Agreement
- Installation instructions

Requirements:
- Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (website)
- Internet Information Services (website) or other web server capable of running ASP .NET code
- Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0+ (installer)
- Microsoft J# 2.0 Redistributable package (installer)
- Scriptaculous JavaScript library (website)

Relevant Tools:
- Safe FME (website)
- Shape2SQL (website)
- Microsoft Research Map Cruncher (website)

Publications:
- SciScope brochure (pdf)
- Technical Report: A Data Model for Environmental Observations(pdf)

Last edited Jul 15, 2009 at 10:07 AM by boreas, version 22