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Smarter science through collaborative technologies

Smarter Science through Collaborative Technologies

1345 Wicklow Lane, Ormond Beach, FL 32174

ScienceTools.com


Summary

Summary

  • The next explosive scientific-technology inflection point is occurring as researchers leverage any network – including the Internet – as their primary research and collaboration conduit.

  • As researchers move from ‘Bricks and Mortar’ to ‘Clicks and Links’ scientific enterprises; they will require an intelligent scientific knowledge and delivery platform that understands their own scientific methodologies.

  • Science Tools is the leading SRPP (Scientific Research Platform Provider) and has the platform, talent, management, and history to be the dominant player in this space.

Science Tools Corporation 4200 Park Boulevard #151, Oakland CA 94602 - (510) 567-9957


Our business

Our Business …


The next wave

Anywhere, Anytime

Collaboration

e-research

platforms

The Next Wave

The next explosive scientific and technology inflection point is occurring as researchers leverage any network – including the Internet – as their primary e-research and collaboration conduit.

Internet

leverage

Scientific

Enterprise

Inflection point 2

The Internet & e-research

Single Lab

Inflection point 1

Technology at the ‘Point’ of Research

Proprietary Systems

Distributed LAN’s

1:many e-research

Research-based adaptive Sys.

Intelligent Collaboration Sys.

Early 1980s

2000 and beyond

Mid 1990s

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New needs create new leaders

BigSur 3.0

e-research

platforms

Research

PAIN POINT

(TCO)

Scientific

Enterprise

Single Lab

  • The Pain Point!

  • High Cost

  • Silo’s of Research

  • Leveraging Resources

  • Limited Collaboration

  • ‘Higher Order’ research

  • Distributed

  • Mainstream researcher

  • Generic systems

  • Technology enabled

  • e-research platform

  • 1:many

  • Research community

  • Adaptive

  • Technology-centric

  • Anytime, Any Device

  • The Lab

  • Lab-based

  • Proprietary systems

  • Proprietary content

New Needs Create New Leaders

No research-centric technology solutions dominate the e-research space (yet!)

Internet

leverage

Early 1980s

2002 and beyond

Mid 1990s

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Competitive landscape

Competitive Landscape

No research-centric technology solutions dominate the e-research space (yet!)

Progressive Utilization

Science Tools

NASA’s ECS

“Version 0”

Adaptive

Orientation

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Static becomes dynamic

Static Becomes Dynamic

eScienceHubsTMenable researchers to create a secure yet collaborative space where all members of the scientific enterprise can interact in real-time.

JPL

DAAC

SCF’s

Science

Tools

LaRC

UCB

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Our mission

Our Mission

Managing the Scientific Enterprise

Science Tools' core mission is to provide a scientific knowledge platform to intuitively manage the pursuit of scientific research and the associated scientific enterprise.

Science Tools Corporation 4200 Park Boulevard #151, Oakland CA 94602 - (510) 567-9957


Our value proposition

Our ‘Value Proposition’

Science Tools provides a ‘Science-Centric Platform’ using a proven methodology to intuitively conduct science in a way that connects researchers, their research community and the public…

… a technology-centric solution for the computational unification of science where all researchers can interact – in real-time.

Science Tools Corporation 4200 Park Boulevard #151, Oakland CA 94602 - (510) 567-9957


Our advantage

Scientific

Community

Research

Results

Methodologies

Research

Processing

Our Advantage

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Poised for growth

2000

1998

2002

1997

1991

1993

Poised for Growth

2002 ‘BigSur’ ver. 3.0

The Archivist 1.0

STJC 1.0

NASA funds

Sequoia Research

1993 ‘BigSur’ Project Started

1997 ‘BigSur’ ver. 1.0

Commercial Release

1998 Science Tools

Incorporates

2000 ‘BigSur’ 2.0 joins

NASA’s ‘New-DISS’

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Our philosophy

Our Philosophy

Technology for Science must focus on ...

Adaptive-Orientation

Progressive-Utilization

Database-Centrism

Meta-data Management

The Architecture for Real Distributed Scientific Research

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Our products

Our Products

  • BigSur – A platform for managing the Scientific Enterprise

    • As a product: In commercial production since 1997

    • As a platform: Used as the foundation to offer our products & services

  • The ArchivistTM – An object management service

    • Built as a ‘service’ on BigSur

    • Offers disaster recovery services – BigSur related or otherwise

    • Provides daily management of disk space

  • Java API – A ‘Class Factory’ SDK for custom expansion

    • Enables ‘rapid’ application development

  • STJCTM – Science Tools’ Java Connection

    • Enhanced Java security

    • Named database connectivity

    • Resource, Seat, and Mode-based license management

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The bigsur system tm

The BigSur SystemTM


Why bigsur

Why BigSur?

The BigSur SystemTM was created to make Scientific Research easier and produce better results through the power of technology.

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The bigsur perspective

The BigSur Perspective

Modern Science is all about managing data and processing…

…The BigSur SystemTM provides the natural solution -

A fully distributed, database-centric model for Science

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Technology perspective

Technology Perspective…

In the words of …

“Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid; …

… humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant; but together they are powerful beyond imagination.”

(yes, he really said that)

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Perspectives

Perspectives

A Good Scientific System Should…

...learn the ways of the researcher...

...utilize all existing software...

…provide for robust connectivity…

…and not choke when content gets

really really big!...

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Perspectives1

Perspectives

A Good Scientific System Should NOT…

…wed itself to standards that become stale...

- or -

…make needless assumptions that limit capability...

- or -

…force use of components that aren’t otherwise useful...

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The bigsur system tm1

The BigSur SystemTM

BigSur provides a technology-centric, fully integrated “end-to-end” research system for the Scientific Enterprise

STDBTM

The ArchivistTM

Object

Metadata

Objects

Roles &

Permissions

Templates

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The bigsur system tm2

Java

API

SDK

The BigSur SystemTM

STJCTM

The

PublisherTM

Monitor

The

ArchivistTM

ArchieveDBTM

  • HTTP

  • XML

GeoDBTM

  • ODBC

  • JDBC

Apache

iiS

MedDBTM

php

DPS

STDBTM

Meta Mgr.

Resources

Knowledge

Mgr.

Relational Engine

NOS (UNIX, NT Win2K)

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Key elements

Key Elements

BigSur provides a complete end-to-end solution:

  • Scientific Notebook

  • Secure Collaboration Tools

  • Publishing System

  • ‘The ArchivistTM’ (available separately)

  • Multi-dimensional arrays

  • Multi-variate Point Operations

  • Distributed Scientific Object and Process Management

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Key benefits

Key Benefits

  • BigSur was designed for:

    • Adaptive-Orientation

    • Progressive-Utilization

    • Meta-data Management

    • Database Centrism

      In addition, BigSur is a part of NASA’s “New-DISS”

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Scientific defensibility

Scientific Defensibility

BigSur tracks how objects are created,

Recorded details include:

  • Process definition, and source code

  • Argument values used

  • Parent data-sets

    therefore, the complete lineage is known.

    If questions arise, or problems discovered, not only can the details be traced, but processing can be repeated with corrected parents.

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Bigsur 3 0 and eosdis

BigSur 3.0 and EOSDIS

  • BigSur supports the key objectives of EOSDIS

    • Unified / simplified access to Earth Science data

    • Prompt access to ALL levels of data / documentation

    • Enables a distributed community of Earth scientists to interact and collaborate – Anywhere, Anytime

    • Responsive to users needs

    • Capable of evolving, growing, and adapting

      (EOSDIS - NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System)

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Bigsur 3 0 and eosdis1

BigSur 3.0 and EOSDIS

  • BigSur supports the functional objectives of the Scientific Data Processing Segment of the ECS

  • Integral component of the Science Data Processing Segment

    • Provides database-centric support for data product - search, ordering, processing, archiving and distribution

    • Provides common user services

      • Data access

      • Meta-data management

      • Toolkits

    • Access services for the EOSDIS Science / User Community

      • EOS investigators

      • Non-EOS affiliated science users

      • ‘Other’ users as specified

        (ECS - NASA’s EOSDIS Core System)

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The bigsur system tm overview

The BigSur SystemTM Overview

  • The Database

  • Processing

  • Publishing

  • Archiving

  • Applications

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The database

The Database

  • STDBTM - the Science Tools Database

    • A robust core schema, common to all BigSur databases

    • Discipline-specific extensions provide flexibility

    • Includes special ‘environment variable’ management

  • GeoDBTM - provides geospatial (FGDC / SAIF) features for earth sciences, including r-tree indexing

  • MedDBTM - provides DICOM and study-based features for medical disciplines

  • ArchiveDBTM - a schema dedicated to archival

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Processing

Processing

The Distributed Processing System - DPS

DPS utilizes daemons which dispatch computational jobs

DPS Daemons look to STDBTM for work:

  • The Demand Engine - DPS-DETM

  • The Eager Engine - DPS-EETM

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Publishing

Publishing

The PublisherTM – the data transport engine between collaborators and ‘other’ users of data products

  • Publishing can be performed as a part of processing

  • Publishing can be done by our Publisher daemon

  • Moves data, metadata, or both

  • Configurable and customizable

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Archiving

Archiving

The ArchivistTM– the data security and high-performance data management engine that works efficiently with all storage facilities.

  • Items are placed in an archive whenever desired - typically at either creation or ingest.

  • The ArchivistTM may be used separately.

  • Archivist components are integrated into The BigSur SystemTM for complete continuity.

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Applications

Applications

Applications - We offer a three tined fork:

  • Our JAVA API toolkit - “Developer pack” - eliminates the need to know about the database design.

  • SQL access is available in ODBC, JDBC and ad-hoc

  • “Codeless application development” tools from our partners:

    • Informix’s VISIONARY

    • Scopeland Software’s Scopeland 2000 2.1

      ScienceMaster - a Visionary application for BigSur management

      And, the publishing system can move results into a web-site or other application domain.

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Summary1

Summary

The BigSur SystemTM makes Science easier:

  • Centralized knowledge of the scientific process

  • Automated processing – remembers how your work is done

  • Archiving – protects your assets

  • Publishing – gets your work to those who need it

  • Improved resource utilization & performance

  • Integration of existing resources

  • Complements other Commercial Off-The-Shelf systems

  • Standards independence – won’t get stale with version changes

  • Defense of Scientific Results

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The science tools java connection tm

The Science Tools Java ConnectionTM


Stjc tm what is it

STJCTM - What is it?

The Science Tools Java ConnectionTM tool answers three distinct needs.

  • to secure them on the system they’re running on

  • to protect connection information for databases they talk to

  • to provide for licensing requirements

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Java security on the local system

Java Security - on the local system

  • ‘Limited’ implementation by Sun Microsystems

    • network security vs. local security

  • Meets intent of “B-1” certification security level

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Java security protecting database information

Java Security - protecting database information

  • Database security and protection

    • Hide it … yet use it!

  • ODBC/JDBC compatible

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Java security license management

Java Security - license management

Clients may create their own license-protected resources

  • Named-Resource Protection

    • Options for limiting scope

    • Options for limiting numbers of users

    • Without any extra tools

  • License Management

    • Public-domain encryption

    • License key generation

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Stjc tm improved security for java

STJCTM: Improved Security for Java

  • Java Security

    • STJCTM improves confidence that application programs aren’t spoofed.

  • Named database connection

    • Provides for use of sensitive database information without disclosure.

  • License Management

    • Provides license management at the application level.

    • Provides named-resource protection.

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