NASA SBIR 2006 Solicitation


SUBTOPIC TITLE:Spatial and Visual Methods for Search, Analysis and Display of Science Data
PROPOSAL TITLE:Rule-Based Integration of Science Data for Analysis and Display (RISDAD)

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Payload Systems, Inc.
247 Third Street
Cambridge, MA 02142-1129
(617) 868-8086

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
James   Francis
247 Third Street
Cambridge, MA  02142-1129
(617) 868-8086

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT ( Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
In order to facilitate wider understanding and use of NASA and other scientific data sources through publicly available and familiar tools, such as the Google Maps, Payload Systems Inc. proposes to develop a flexible scientific data search, analysis and visual presentation tool suite. This suite will use a modular plug-in approach to retrieve and translate information from user-selected networked data sources into semantic-web representations and then apply rule-based processing to integrate the translated content with geospatial display tools, such as Google Maps and Google Earth, and with sources of domain expert commentary about the displayed information.
Our Phase I effort will analyze data retrieval, processing and display architectural approaches, such as web browser plug-in applications versus server centric approaches, and select the best for this type of application. Phase I will prototype key elements, such as data retrieval and rule-processing, to assess the performance and feasibility of the selected approach and create a preliminary design. Our Phase II effort will then advance the design and provide a polished implementation of the tool suite.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
General cross-domain scientific research
Public outreach and education
Integrated geo-spatial displays for media relations and presentations

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Land-use surveys and assessments
Environmental impact and monitoring
Insurance risk assessments
Emergency relief logistics and planning

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

Database Development and Interfacing
General Public Outreach
K-12 Outreach
Portable Data Acquisition or Analysis Tools

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