LIS-ICS Professor Rich Gazan is a co-Investigator of the $8 million NASA Astrobiology Institute grant that was just awarded to UH Manoa.
Gazan’s work, in collaboration with ICS Professor Kim Binsted, is
called “Astrobiology Integrative Research Framework” (AIRFrame). Based
on XML standards, it will:
- Relate the work of astrobiology researchers from diverse disciplines both conceptually (by subject) and functionally (by researcher, hypothesis, mission, research questions, NASA goals, etc.)
- Allow Web-browsable concept-map type visualizations of these relationships for researchers, students and the public
- Encourage collaboration by allowing researchers to identify those in other fields who are working on similar questions
- Create a persistent framework for the interdisciplinary education of future astrobiology researchers
For more information about the UH team’s research go to http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/nai/teams/can5/uh.