Sunday, May 21, 2006

Scripps Institution of Oceanography: See the Big Picture

Put on your workforce development goggles: what are our opportunities to train people to make the required cognitive shifts and develop skills for the information economy? And, just how fluent are you? Think about this...

Scientific research is generating larger and larger data sets, largely due to the proliferation of sensor networks and advances in computational technology. The sheer volume of data, along with its complexity, makes it imperative to develop more sophisticated visualization tools to help scientists discern the significance of their data and to facilitate collaboration among scientists working with the same data.

Large-scale displays have proven very effective over the years at facilitating collaboration. However, the size of today’s data sets exceeds the resolution of earlier generations of display systems. The Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) set out to build a very high resolution display system capable of displaying large data sets at full resolution.

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