OGSA-DAI has contributed to projects and organisations around the world, in sectors including medical research, geographical information systems, meteorology, transport, computer-aided design, engineering and astronomy.

These are some of the many projects to whose success OGSA-DAI is contributing or has contributed in the past.

Pioneering data mining


ADMIRE - Advanced Data Mining and Integration Research in Europe

2008 to 2011

ADMIRE is pioneering architectures and models that will deliver a coherent, extensible and flexible framework to make the best use of a wide range of distributed data resources.The new architecture will improve the accessibility and exploitation of data for domain experts and provide a workbench for data mining and integration experts which will, in turn, improve their productivity and the rate of deployment of new methods and applications.

Flood model

ADMIRE is developing a software platform to test important architectural ideas. OGSA-DAI forms a key component of this platform, providing the enactment engine for data mining workflows consumed by the ADMIRE Gateway services. ADMIRE works closely with OGSA-DAI developers on distributed query processing and data stream performance engineering.

ADMIRE's research is being applied to the areas of flood modelling and customer relationship management.


Researching innovative data technologies

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Database Grid

2005 to Present

Database Grid is a Japanese project researching innovative ways in which to provide uniform views over heterogeneous data. It is looking at spectrum, geographic, and biological databases. One aspect of its research is using OGSA-DAI's distributed query processing functionality with RDF.


Sharing satellite, geological and ground-sensed data

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GEO Grid

2005 to Present

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GEO Grid has developed an e-science infrastructure for the earch sciences community to access a wide variety of data including satellite imagery, geological data and ground sensed data. Access to data is via services which enforce access control policies consistent with the licensing policies of the data oweners.OGSA-DAI is used to provide access to the data.


Monitoring traffic pollution


MESSAGE - Mobile Environmental Sensing System Across Grid Environments

2006 to 2009

MESSAGE was a three-year research project which was funded jointly by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Department for Transport. The project, led by Imperial College London, included researchers at Universities of Cambridge, Leeds, Newcastle and Southampton. The project also had the support of nineteen non-academic organisations from public sector transport operations, commercial equipment providers, systems integrators and technology suppliers.

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MESSAGE developed a distributed infrastructure for the capture, processing and analysis of pollution data from heterogeneous mobile and static pollution sensors. OGSA-DAI was used to provide a common interface to a set of different databases across multiple sites. OGSA-DAI's distributed query processing enabled the querying of data from multiple databases in order to generate new, application-specific data marts and supported user queries for mining of raw historic pollution data.


Applying grid and cloud technology to business

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BEinGRID - Business Experiments in Grid

2006 to 2009

BEinGRID was an ambitious EC-funded, 95-partner project to establish effective routes for the adoption of grid and cloud technologies across the EU and to stimulate research into innovative business models using these technologies.

BEinGRID applied OGSA-DAI to the area of data synchronization for SMEs, looking at joining existing business-to-business platforms without changes to legacy information systems. An OGSA-DAI component called the OGSA-DAI trigger was developed by BEinGRID to enable automated, selective data replication across databases. The solution was piloted by Ducati Motor. Read more about BEinGRID's data synchronization using OGSA-DAI

BEinGRID also investigated the use of OGSA-DAI to provide a uniform data access service for companies in the food services and tourism sectors. Read more about BEinGRID's sales management work using OGSA-DAI

BEinGRID also developed, or contributed to the development of, other OGSA-DAI components including a data source publisher for the easy deployment of OGSA-DAI, query translator which allows database schemas to be transformed (which is now part of the OGSA-DAI product) and a JDBC driver that allows OGSA-DAI to inter-operate with JDBC-compliant data analysis tools.

IT-Tude logo One of the major outcomes of BEInGRID was IT-Tude - a repository of information and tools relating to the use of grid and cloud by business.


Researching the ancient world

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LaQuAT - Linking and Querying Ancient Texts

2008 to 2009

Papyrus LaQuAT applied OGSA-DAI to the domain of epigraphy. Epigraphy is concerned with the study of ancient texts e.g. books, papryi, inscriptions on stone tablets or parchments. Information about these texts are gathered and stored in databases. This information includes what the artifact is, where it was found, where it originates from, when it is thought to date from, what the incription says, and myriad other information. The data may be in relational, XML, plain-text or other non-standard formats, and different researchers may use their own formats. As there are numerous researchers in the field, the data is distributed globally. OGSA-DAI was used to provide a uniform interface to relational and XML data and to support queries over these.

LaQuAT was a collaboration between the Centre for e-Research Kings College, London and EPCC, The University of Edinburgh.


Other applications...

Information about the many other projects that have used OGSA-DAI is available here...