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 and text 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!


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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.


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 apps

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Security

All communications with SeedMe are encrypted

Privacy

Control access to your content

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Storage: 1GB free at sign-up, then request more.

Who is using SeedMe?

Albert Einstein College of Medicine  |  Columbia Univ  |  Georgia Institute of Technology  |  Harvard Univ  |  NASA-JPL  |  LLNL  |  NCAR  |  Stanford Univ  |  U.S. Geological Survey  |  Univ of Chicago  |  Univ of Southern California  |  Yale Univ  |  Many others ...

"This looks pretty damn awesome"  |  "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"

Compare SeedMe with other services

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 of users)
Public, Group, Private ? Public, Private Public
Describe All Content Video only
Text Tickers
Metadata Capability
Periodic Updates
Upload Method Command Line, API, Web Browser ? API, Web Browser ? API, Web Browser ? API, Web Browser Web Browser
Provide Upload Tools ? Dropbox only
Video Resolution Arbitrary Native Up to 4K Up to HD
Image Sequence to Video
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.

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.

Case 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

Case 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.

Case 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 periodically sent by your simulation.

Example:

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)

Case 4) Broader Participation

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


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