Update: Figuring Out the Open Indicators Consortium
Weave has launched (softly) in beta!
Partners in the multi-region Open Indicators Consortium (OIC) and UMass Lowell's Institute for Visualization and Perception Research lab announce the BETA 1.0 release of Weave (Web-based Analysis and Visualization Environment). Weave's core code is released under the GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3), and the Weave API under the Mozilla Public License (MPL v 1.1). The web-based Weave platform enables users-from novices to advanced researchers-to analyze, visualize and disseminate data and indictors at nested levels of geography from any location at any time.
- via reader Kevin
--- original post 4/17/09 ----
You may have seen this post on Slashgeo noting this announcement on the OSGEO list. I read them both and didn't get it. But when I went to the website for the Consortium (involving the Boston Foundation and hosted at U Mass Lowell, two institutions close to my heart) I got a MUCH better picture of what they are doing:
The Open Indicators Consortium is developing software that will aid regional planners and others who need to analyze and present large amounts of complex data such as economic, social or environmental indicators. This new software simplifies analysis by allowing large amounts of data to be presented in a clear meaningful manner using a variety of visual formats or visualizations including scatter plots, bar or pie charts, line graphs and maps with multiple jurisdictions (municipalities, neighborhoods, voting districts, watersheds, etc.). The visualization software is a high performance, highly interactive collection of web-based visualizations and tools which allows users to query data with simple interfaces and to define mapping boundaries rather than to select only from preset options. The software allows multiple visualizations to be displayed on a single screen simultaneously. Action on any of the displayed visualizations will automatically update the others. For example, selecting a set of municipalities on the map will trigger associated changes in the bar chart or scatter plot visualizations. Similarly a user’s selection in the scatter plot automatically updates the maps.
Sadly the announcement did not provide the URL of website which is but a placeholder, and only open to members, but still it does have a coherent discussion of what the project aims to build.