Collaborative: Full-Scale Development: Living Liquid: Creating Interactive Visualization Tools to Explore Large Ocean Datasets

October 1st, 2013 - September 30th, 2016 | PROJECT

Living Liquid is a full-scale development project that will develop and research a new genre of science exhibit that engage visitors in inquiry with large scientific datasets through interactive visualizations. Building on findings from a prior pathways project, Living Liquid will develop three interactive visualizations on a multi-touch Viz Table with a tangible user interface. Each visualization will support visitors in the exploration of a dataset provided by the project’s science partners: 1) Plankton Patterns will show how the ocean is defined by regions of microscopic life using data from the MIT Darwin Project; 2) Ocean Tracks will reveal the “highways” large marine creatures travel with data from the TOPP project at Stanford University; and 3) Genetic Rhythms will follow the activity of marine creatures’ genes in response to environmental conditions based on data from the Center for Microbial Oceanography Research and Education (C-MORE). Through an iterative process of collaborative research and development among museum professionals, educational researchers, computer scientists, marine biologists, data artists and interaction designers, this project seeks to: (1) Advance public understanding of ocean ecosystems and large data inquiry skills through the development of a Viz Table. (2) Advance STEM professionals’ knowledge of how to engage the public in inquiry with visualizations through an educational research study. (3) Increase the capacity of STEM professionals (both ISE developers and research scientists) to develop visualizations through a collaborative development process that includes graduate student training and residencies.

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Team Members

Jennifer Frazier, Principal Investigator, Exploratorium
Joyce Ma, Co-Principal Investigator, Exploratorium
Kwan-Liu Ma, Principal Investigator, University of California, Davis


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 1322828
Funding Amount: 838069

Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 1323214
Funding Amount: 244373


Audience: Evaluators | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists
Discipline: Education and learning science | Life science | Nature of science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Games | Simulations | Interactives | Media and Technology | Museum and Science Center Exhibits