DataLab is a research project in data interoperability exploring new ways to address scientific data integration challenges and tie together diverse data from across North Carolina. The DataLab initiative aimed to develop a data interoperability framework for cloud computing and to make interacting with distributed data more practical and effective. The experimental software at the core of the project is Sarcomere, a data server that layers over existing databases. Sarcomere simplifies access to data sets, subsets, and individual data elements in order to accelerate data integration. RENCI worked with the California Digital Library to develop The HTTP URL Mapping Protocol (THUMP), which forms the basis of DataLab’s retrieval protocol, THUMP-DL. Sarcomere uses THUMP-DL to provide a uniform data retrieval interface onto data that integrates very easily with scientific applications.
Nassib Nassar, project leader