A Platform to Share Your Research Results – Any Device, Any Time

Do you manually –

  • Send your results via email, ftp or secure copy?
  • Search for the plots, files, tickers and snippets you sent earlier?
  • Monitor the progress of your jobs?
  • Encode videos from a set of your images? 

E Pluribus Unum

One URL to Share and Access Your Research Results!

The SeedMe cyberinfrastructure allows you to concentrate on your research while confident that your collaborators have nearly real-time access to your most current results. With SeedMe’s easy-to-use web interface, programmatic and command line tools you can quickly seed (upload), share and control access to your scientific content and data as well as specify what data is private and public.

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Features and Benefits

SeedMe offers a convenient method to organize, update and share results with your collaborators and much more, including 

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Ubiquitous 

Access your collective results on any device

Collaborate

Discuss & update colleagues with latest results at one spot

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Near Real Time

Fast feedback on your compute jobs

Share and Reuse 

Share your research results and reusable content

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Sequence to Video

Instantly create videos from a set of images

Automate

Easily integrate your scripts, workflow or app s

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Security

All communinations with SeedMe are encrypted

Privacy

Control access to your content 

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Who is using SeedMe?

Many forward-thinking scholars at premier research institutions are using SeedMe.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine    |    Columbia Univ.    |    Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research    |    Georgia Institute of Technology    |    Harvard Univ.    |    JPL    |    Lawrence Livermore National Lab    |    NASA    |    NCAR
Rutgers Univ.    |    Sandia National Labs    |    Stanford Univ.    |    United States Geological Survey    |    Univ. of California San Diego    |    Univ. of Chicago    |    Univ. of Minnesota    |    Univ. of Southern California    |    Yale Univ.


"This looks pretty damn awesome"    |    "This is pretty cool! The scrubber and encoder for image sequence is very nice!"    |    "SeedMe is very impressive"    |    "Worked flawlessly"
"Fairly painless"    |    "SeedMe is so convenient to share research results with collaborators"    |    "Everything was straight forward and well documented"    |    "REST documentation and examples are good"




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Compare SeedMe with others

Features

SeedMe

Figshare

Dropbox & GDrive

YouTube & Vimeo

Flickr

Content File, Image, Video File, Image, Video File, Image, Video Video only Image, Video
Sharing Public, Group, Private Public, Group, Private
(Limited no of users)
Public, Group, Private Public, Private Public
Describe All Content Yes No No Video only No
Text Tickers Yes No No No No
Metadata Capability Yes No No No No
Periodic Updates Yes No No No No
Upload Method Command Line, API, Web Browser API, Web Browser API, Web Browser API, Web Browser Web Browser
Provide Upload Tools Yes No Dropbox only No No
Video Resolution
Image Sequence to Video
Arbitrary
Yes
Unknown
No
Native
No
Up to 4K
No
Up to HD
No

  Desirable         Limiting         Crippling  

How SeedMe Works

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    1. Sign-up / Sign-in at SeedMe.org
    2. Create a new collection. A collection is a set of items consisting of metadata, tickers, files, plots, image sequences and videos.
    3. Set Privacy and Sharing (Optional). Collections are private by default.
    4. Add/Update/Append metadata: Title, description, key-value pairs, etc.
    5. Upload/Edit content: Text, files (non-image), plots (images), image sequences and videos, etc.
    6. View/Download content from web browser on multiple devices.

    SeedMe Use Cases

    While there is an array of data sharing methods available today, the challenge is sharing research results rapidly.

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    Emails

    Although emails work well for immediate information, sending and searching for attachments is cumbersome, inefficient and ineffective. Many collaborators do not download and organize attachments for easy access and reference at a later time.

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    Cloud Drives

    Even though Cloud drives are fine as a locker service to drop off a file or a folder for your collaborators to pick up, you cannot describe your content that is essential in research. Moreover, you need to manually upload your content, which is a challenge when your content is on remote resources such as a cluster/supercomputer.

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    Blogs

    While blogs are suitable for well-digested and thoughtful dissemination of information, they are time consuming and labor intensive. And, generally, blogs are not appropriate for sharing preliminary research results with your collaborators.

    Now, imagine a hassle-free service that combines all of the above with a key distinction -– easy automation. SeedMe fills that gap –– it is a web collaboration environment with a lab notebook-like space. With SeedMe you can describe your content and share it with others via designated private, group or public privileges. In a nutshell, SeedMe offers a range of features geared for the scientific community –– a superset of Cloud drives, video, image and message sharing sites. 

    To better understand SeedMe, below are several use cases. Keep in mind that there are many other possibilities where SeedMe can be uniquely applied to your research.

    1) Rapidly Access and Share Analysis Results

    A large number of scientific processes revolve around data analyses, which may be performed on a variety of software products such as Excel, Matlab, visualization tools, etc. The analysis could be carried out on your laptop or on a supercomputer. In either case, you have a set of results and you need to make these results readily and easily available to yourself as well as your collaborators. Ideally, you would like these results to be accessible on any web capable device.

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    Figure 1: Top row shows visualization of different components for a volcano eruption simulation. Bottom row shows slices of rock data at different depths.

    Example: We created a range of visualizations for simulating a volcano eruption. Some of these visualizations (Figure 1) were created on a desktop computer while others were created on a supercomputer. Traditionally, you would download and collect all the results from your different sources onto your computer and, subsequently, upload them for sharing. This process requires two way transfer (download + upload), takes twice the amount of time, deals with arranging files locally and then on the webserver, and then, finally, email the web link to your collaborators (who frequently lose that link).

    Now with SeedMe you can upload your content easily by adding two lines of commands to your existing analysis scripts, i.e., on both your desktop computer and the supercomputer. By using the SeedMe command line or programmatic tools, your results can be uploaded as soon as they are created. Naturally, you also have an ability to manually upload this content using a web browser.

    View SeedMe Collection - Visualizations of Volcano Eruption Simulation 

     

    2) Share and Fetch Reusable Content

    Many software tools allow us to save a state of analysis, e.g., in Excel, Matlab, etc. There are rapidly emerging tools like IPython Notebook that combine data and analysis into one file, which can be easily distributed and shared with others. Moreover, others can reuse those files with their own data. Now you can start a new community to enable a valuable exchange of reusable content.

    Example: The YT software is used for visualization and analysis of cosmology data, where these analyses can be saved in an IPython Notebook and then shared. Currently, the YT community is in the process of moving their sharing hub to SeedMe. They are also adding a feature in the software to save content directly to SeedMe by integrating the SeedMe Python module.

     

    3) Track & Monitor Progress

    Many computation and instrument processes can take a long time to complete. Currently, you most likely track and monitor your progress by looking at the latest file that was generated. Now, consider that your collaborators are also able to easily view the status sent by the simulation automatically.

    Example: Hao Xu a Post Doctoral Scholar at UCSD, has been running simulations about the evolution of galaxies on the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He is using a capability to send progress updates directly from his simulations to SeedMe. His status updates are now easily available to Hao as well as his collaborators at Michigan State University and Southern Methodist University –– any time and on any device

    A. View SeedMe Collection - Monitor Cosmology Simulation Progress on SeedMe (only text tickers are used)

    B. View SeedMe Collection - Track Earthquake Simulation Progress on SeedMe  (both text tickers and image sequence is used)

     

    4) Broader Participation

    We welcome scholars, students and broader audiences to ubiquitously share and reuse the state-of-the-art results available on SeedMe.org

    Let’s get you started in less than five minutes