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Seamless Access to Multiple Datasets - An ESRC e-Science Demonstrator


One of the objectives of the project is to demonstrate how large and complex social science datasets can be made available for large-scale data analysis via the Grid. Another objective is to demonstrate how the development of parallelised software tools can significantly speed up computationally intensive analyses thus facilitating the scaling up of social science research applications. One of the keys to ensuring the success of the Grid for social science is making it easy for users to scale up their research without having to overcome too many additional technical barriers. This project will demonstrate how social science users can obtain transparent access to the Grid via the desktop. Making reference to the requirements advertised in the call for demonstrators, the project facilitates (1) the seamless linking of social science data for large-scale cross dataset and simultaneous analysis and (2) improved use of retrieved data by making it feasible to integrate collaborative visualization or analysis mechanisms in user clients. Indirectly, the project will help to (3) widen the audience that access social science data to support data based decision making and research; this arises out of the fact that our open protocol approach facilitates the development of third-party party portals or applications that can add real value to the raw data. We do not attempt to address (4) the metadata problem here.

Maturity: Initial Research
Region: UK
Type: Demonstrator
Grant Value: £52,000.00
Start Date: 01/05/2002
End Date: 30/08/2002
Project Status: completed
Funding Agency: ESRC Core DTI

Project Members
PIOther Members
Dr Stephen Pickles
Mr Terry Hewitt
Mr Keith Cole
Dr Mike Jones
Mr Kevin Roy
Mr Mark Riding
Dr Celia Russell

Collaborating Organisations
University of Manchester

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