2009 Annual Science Report
University of Hawaii, Manoa Reporting | JUL 2008 – AUG 2009
AIRFrame Technical Infrastructure and Visualization Software Evaluation
To create visualizations of interdisciplinary relationships in the field of astrobiology, this component of the AIRFrame project involves creating a data model for source documents, a database structure, and evaluating off-the-shelf visualization software for possible application to the final project.
Created an initial data model to capture and express the diverse disciplinary sources of astrobiologically relevant publications from the Web of Science database. Incorporated integrative works such as the Astrobiology Roadmap, NAI Executive Council strategy documents to guide the creation of a relationship framework. Consulted with systems expert and NAI Central tech staff about proprietary and open source visualization solutions, based on the XML Topic Maps (XTM) standard.
PROJECT INVESTIGATORS:Rich Gazan
RELATED OBJECTIVES:Objective 1.1
Formation and evolution of habitable planets.
Indirect and direct astronomical observations of extrasolar habitable planets.
Outer Solar System exploration
Sources of prebiotic materials and catalysts
Origins and evolution of functional biomolecules
Origins of energy transduction
Origins of cellularity and protobiological systems
Earth's early biosphere.
Production of complex life.
Effects of extraterrestrial events upon the biosphere
Environment-dependent, molecular evolution in microorganisms
Co-evolution of microbial communities
Biochemical adaptation to extreme environments
Effects of environmental changes on microbial ecosystems
Adaptation and evolution of life beyond Earth
Biosignatures to be sought in Solar System materials
Biosignatures to be sought in nearby planetary systems