4CeeD is a robust tool that consisting of an uploader, curator, and cloud based coordinator.

The 4CeeD Uploader is a streamlined process that allows users to to organize, describe their data and metadata, and upload multiple files to the 4CeeD Cloud.

In many campus labs users save their data to a un-secure flash drive, write down notes in a notebook, and use an arbitrary naming convention as part of their filename to describe the sample or experiments metadata. Some lab instruments save data to proprietary file types, that require expensive licenses to use. Significant time is spent converting these files to a standard format, wiping out all of the instrument metadata in the process. The 4CeeD real-time extraction component correlates all the image, log, and user defined metadata in a hierarchical data model that can be archived, downloaded, shared, and eventually published.

The 4CeeD Curator boasts a rich web front end where users can visualize, securely share, download, annotate, and search their data. Researchers can recreate an experiment as all of the associated data and metadata are made available to them. In addition as a users data is made public, “failed” experiments can be searched on, saving researches time by comparing datasets side by side.

The 4CeeD Coordinator manages the real-time extraction of metadata from files, instrument logs, and calibration settings. Real-time classifiers provide analytics for predicting equipment wear and errors. The Coordinator employs a resource manager to handle concurrent users and scales as more and more usage occurs.

This research is funded by the National Science Foundation, NSF ACI 1443013, project title “CIF21 DIBBs: T2-C2: Timely and Trusted Curator and Coordinator Data Building Blocks.”  Any results and opinions are our own and do not represent views of National Science Foundation.