RE: What would you call this process, and role?

Subject: RE: What would you call this process, and role?
From: "Steve Janoff (non-Celgene)" <sjanoff -at- celgene -dot- com>
To: Nick Murray <flutable -at- hotmail -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 12:41:29 -0700

Thanks, Nick. This is really interesting.

I've had the feeling that there must be some powerful software packages out there that help with this sort of thing. I'm only getting a glimpse of them so far.

I'll study this carefully. Appreciate the detail you add in here.

Steve

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From: On Behalf Of Nick Murray
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 2:08 AM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: What would you call this process, and role?

The process of "corraling" the data is data integration. The organisatin
(CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in
Australia) does a lot of this type of work. For example, integrating (a
term I'll define below) water observations data (temperature, rainfall,
humidity etc) from on-ground gauges, wireless sensor networks and so on.

"Integration" means that the data are combined in a pre-defined,
meaningful way, using various standard scientific data formats
(whichever is most applicable). Integration, again depending on the
project, the client need or the context, may also involve some
interpretation or pre-processing, before the data/datasets are forwarded
to whichever system consumes them. Integration also contains aspects of
data aggreggation. Aggregation is bringing the data together logically
(into a single point); the data may still reside in different servers,
on people's laptops, in spreadsheets or wherever.

The "role" is not something my organisation has a specific name for.
Sometimes the researchers themselves do it, using various software
packages, or sometimes - more often - it's a team effort, where a team
designs an "information architecture" that has physical components
(servers, network paths, storage) and logical components (the role or
purpose of one or more physical components).

Here's an example:
http://www.cmar.csiro.au/remotesensing/reeftemp/web/ReefTemp_application.htm

ReefTemp monitors sea surface temperatures in the waters surrounding the
Great Barrier Reef, off the Queensland coast. The maps are produced by
integrating satellite data, aerial survey data and on-boat observations.
In the future, the maps will be enhanced using modelled (ie predicted)
data as well.

Nick

On 31/07/2012 9:05, Steve Janoff (non-Celgene) wrote:
> Hello Fellow Whirlers,
>
> I'm trying to put a name to something and get a handle on the process. Maybe you can help.


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References:
What would you call this process, and role?: From: Steve Janoff (non-Celgene)
Re: What would you call this process, and role?: From: Nick Murray

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