Tool name * Kepler

Kepler is a software application for the analysis and modeling of scientific data. Using Kepler's graphical interface and components, scientists with little background in computer science can create executable models called 'scientific workflow,' which are a flexible tool for accessing scientific data (streaming sensor data, medical and satellite images, simulation output, observational data, etc.) and executing complex analysis on the retrieved data. Kepler promotes effective documentation of analytical procedures and data processing, and simplifies access to distributed data repositories containing environmental data.

Category All, Data, Others
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Currently, Ke­pler has support for data described by Ecological Meta­data Language (EML), data accessible using the DiGIR protocol, the OPeNDAP protocol, GridFTP, JDBC, SRB, and others. Data from the EarthGrid can be searched and used.

Data Quality Required

Modification Required

Not available

Expertise Required

Kepler users with little background in computer science can create workflows with standard components, or modify existing workflows to suit their needs. Quantitative analysts can use the visual interface to create and share R and other statistical analyses. Users need not know how to program in R.

Spatial and Temporal

Not available


Connected actors which form a workflow. It also provides the following: • documentation of all aspects of an analysis • visual representation of analytical steps • ability to work across multiple systems • reproducibility of a given project with little effort • reuse of part or all of a workflow in a different project

License cost issues


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