Computer Security for the Information Grid
Collaboration Shines in Materials Project Success
The common thread between the projects is a focus on providing the user with the tools and capabilities to go from the "raw" data generated by simulations, experiments, and observations, to a combined quality-controlled view of the data that they can easily manipulate to gain scientific insight. Often this process will involve extensive work on "cleaning" and transforming data in custom data pipelines, and often there will also be a strong user interface component to either the pipelines or the final data products.
Overall, our approach is distinguished by a strong focus on usability and user research, early and often in the software design process. We have learned that designing the best systems can only occur when we have the best understanding of the constraints, needs, and culture of the scientists who will use it. The IDF group works closely with the Usable Software Systems group on research and development of user-centerd solutions.