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Website: TWeD Discussion: Coding Provenance in Software and Matching Tools to Data
When: February 12 2014
Where: Winslow 1140, RPI Campus, Troy, NY
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TWed Talk: Weds, 12 Feb (7p, Winslow 1140) TITLE: Coding Provenance in Software and Matching Tools to Data LEADER: Patrick West

Please join us this week as the Tetherless World's Patrick West leads us in a discussion of his work with OPeNDAP [1] and ESIP's ToolMatch Project [2]

ABSTRACT: has been providing software solutions for the access, manipulation, transformation, and dissemination of science data for over a decade now. But it's been only recently that we have started thinking about providing information about exactly how and from what that final data product was generated. The OPeNDAP provenance project looks to research the coding of software systems to provide provenance information and implement that in OPeNDAP.

And given those original datasets and that generated data product, what client software can be used to visualize that data and in what ways. The ToolMatch project looks to formalize the expression of the datasets, and client tools that can visualize them in some way, developing an ontology and set of inference rules that can help the user realize the full potential of their data search and access.

BIO: Patrick West is a senior software engineer with the Tetherless World Constellation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His current projects are focused on the semantic expression of data science concepts and relationships in various domains, including solar, upper atmosphere, ocean sciences, earth science informatics, as well as computer science areas such as knowledge representation, semantic technologies, distributed semantic data frameworks, robust collaboration and content management environments, and agile software engineering. Previously, Patrick was a senior software engineer at the High Altitude Observatory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Patrick has been a long-term contributor to the Hyrax OPenDAP software project. He has 23 years post-degree experience which includes large and small companies, startups, non profits, research organizations, and academia.

[1] "What is OpeNDAP?" [2] ESIP ToolMatch

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