Science Pipes allows anyone to access, analyze, and visualize the huge volume of primary biodiversity data currently available online. This site provides access to powerful scientific analyses and workflows through an intuitive, rich web interface based on the visual programming paradigm, similar to Yahoo Pipes. Analyses and visualizations are authored in an open, collaborative environment which allows existing analyses and visualizations to be shared, modified, repurposed, and enhanced.
Behind the scenes, Science Pipes is based on the Kepler scientific workflow software which is used by professional researchers for analysis and modeling. Science Pipes brings that scientific power to new audiences by consolidating the same workflow components used by scientists into components that have more intuitive meaning, and by providing components specifically targeted to these audiences.
Because Science Pipes provides tools for original data analyses rather than visualizations of predetermined analyses, it empowers users to develop new and valuable results. Those results can be exposed as dynamic web resources, in web contexts unrelated to this site. Finally, because of the generality of the Kepler scientific system upon which this site is built, this online system can be extended to science and engineering disciplines beyond the environmental sciences.