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A Framework for Providing Research Applications as a Service Using the IOME Toolkit

Griffiths, M. K., Reyes-Aldasoro, C. C. & Rodenberg, J. M. (2012). A Framework for Providing Research Applications as a Service Using the IOME Toolkit. Paper presented at the Digital Research 2012, Oxford, 10-09-2012 - 12-09-2012, Oxford, UK.


This paper presents a unique, multi-purpose toolkit, enabling researchers to easily develop modelling and analysis applications, which can be run as web services and accessed interactively. The development kit is based on a protocol that uses an XML markup called the "Interactive Object Management Environment Markup Language" (IOME ML). The paper describes the IOME ML and its development kit.

We illustrate the capabilities of IOME with two case studies the first case study is based on a medical image processing application (CAIMAN: CAncer IMage ANalysis), offering image analysis tools for life scientists. For the second case study, the Pi-Phi collaboration have developed an inverse imaging method for ‘lensless’ microscopy a demonstrator is introduced for the Pi-Phi project. For both case studies the application is wrapped as a web service and accessed through a web browser.

The paper concludes with a review of further developments, including refinements to the mark up language and the development of a service factory, enabling a more scalable service provision model through the dynamic invocation of published simulations as IOME web service applications.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > giCentre
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