May 15th

on Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Java climate Model (JCM):
I started this one but I spent about half an hour just trying to install it, and there were lots of instructions to follow. I don't know if this happened because I am using Linux (which I am not very familiar with). In any case, a tool like that should not have been that hard to install. >>> Mental note: Let DST be simple to install and use.
* The tool is heavy when starting and using.
* Not so friendly user interface.
* You can change both x and y axis (i.e. change the scale).
* It shows how sets of date interact. For example, if you change CO2 emission, it changes the expected sun radiation, and global temperatures.

Many Eyes:
* Some graphs have zoom-in & out features.
* How it works: upload date (must be in a valid table format), and pick one of the existing visualization methods.
* Uses Ruby on Rails.

Google Visualization Gallery:
It has several methods that takes a data in particular format and visualize them as graphs.
* Uses HTML code, so it can be easily added to a website.

So what do we have so far??
There are several tools that visualize data from huge climate databases. Others that link interconnected data. And others that allow for visualization of custom data. Some have friendly interface, others don't. What we want to build is either a combination of two or more of the existing tools. Or a refinement of an existing tool (like Java Model which is hard to use). Or it might be something new.