DART is a publicly funded project looking at the data needs of the e-Research community. They are performing requirements analyses and policy/guidelines development to help the e-research community better plan and deal with ever increasing data sets in a rapidly changing ICT world.
Name of project: DART - dealing with large data sets in e-Research
Brief overview: DART stands for Dataset Aquisition Accessibility & Annotation e-Research Technologies. It is a project that broadly focuses on the issue of accessible and effective data sets, accessing information, scaling data support and assisting researchers in their data creation to use next generation methods for research publication, dissemination and access.
XML inside the repository (the internal storage format is Fedora Object XML), SRU/SRW for web search, Web services for exposure of repository functionality & OAI-PMH for metadata harvesting.
OSS technologies used:
Development: PHP, Xsltproc, Tomcat, CVS, Kepler Scientific workflows, Eclipse for Java, script.aculo.us, mattkruse/dragiframe.js, andrewgregory/xmlhttprequest.js.
Infrastructure: Firefox, Graphviz, Apache, SRB, GridSphere, Fedora 2.1 (the repository), plone, Annotea, Co-Annotea, Shibboleth, OpenXACML, OpenSAML.
The project also uses Griddles and Nimrod but these are not Open Source. They are free with some restrictions,
OSS projects contributed to: Fedora, and the software being developed is looking tob be Open Sourced at a later date.
Implementors (internal, external): Internal
Rationale of Open Source technologies used:
The overall DART project goal is a proof of concept to produce a number of tools that are easily available for use for handling the complete lifecycle of data and information for research. From creation, storage, dissemination and sustainable access. The intention of making the software tools widely available by leveraging Open Source tools and development methodologies is to reduce the effort of getting tools to stop reinventing the wheel in Australian e-Research.
As a publicly funded project, one of the objectives of DART is to support the idea that publicly funded research should be publicly available. Hence the use of and extension of existing Open Source tools. They leverage off other people's work wherever possible and try to work to and extend existing standards so that the tools and standards are widely available and interoperable. This also means they can often tap into preexisting software communities.
Date of case study: Ongoing
State/s: VIC, QLD
Name of institute: Monash University (host), Queensland University, James Cook University
Contact person: Dr Jeff McDonell
Contact details: Jeff dot mcdonell at its dot monash dot edu dot au
URLs (project and institute): Details of the project are available at http://dart.edu.au/about/.