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Desktop Experiment Management

Ioannidis, Y. and Livny, M. and Haber, E. and Miller, R. and Tsatalos, O. and Wiener, J. (1993) Desktop Experiment Management. Technical Report. Stanford InfoLab. (Publication Note: Appeared in IEEE Data Engineering Bulletin, 16(1), March 1993.)




Traditionally, the scale and scope of an experimental study was determined by the ability of the research team to generate data. Over the past few years, we have been experiencing an unprecedented increase in the ability of small teams of experimental scientists to generate data. This has led to a shift in the balance between the different components of an experimental study. Today, it is not uncommon to find a study whose scale and scope have been determined by the ability of the team to manage the data rather than to generate it. Whether the discipline is experimental computer science [4], genetics, earth and space sciences, soil sciences, or high-energy physics, scientists are faced in their daily work with an experiment and data management bottleneck. Unfortunately, an experimental scientist can not find ready off-the-shelf management tools that offer both the functionality required by a scientific environment and an interface that feels natural and intuitive to the non-expert. While no special expertise is needed to manage a collection of images stored as files on a PC or as pictures in a paper notebook, existing database systems (DBMSs) that offer the desired functionality require expertise that most teams of experimental scientists do not have and can not afford to pay for. This poses a challenge to the database community to develop management tools that can be tailored by a typical scientific team to effectively manage their unique experimental environment. To address this challenge, we have undertaken an effort to develop a desktop Experiment Management System (EMS) [2]. We view the desktop EMS as the sole interface between the experimental scientist and the data

Item Type:Techreport (Technical Report)
Subjects:Computer Science > Data Integration and Mediation
ID Code:31
Deposited By:Import Account
Deposited On:25 Feb 2000 16:00
Last Modified:02 Dec 2008 14:36

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