With our blog series Inside LOGS we would like to introduce some of LOGS’s feature highlights in detail. The interactive LOGS spectrum viewer enables scientists to access their data quickly and easily for discussions, reviews and presentations from anywhere in the world.
With the interactive spectrum viewer integrated into LOGS, we provide an easy and straightforward tool that enables scientists to view and present their experimental data from anywhere in the world. It allows researchers to not only show a snapshot of their data, but to interact with their spectra. Scientists can access data in their LOGS repository using a common web browser to view or discuss measurements e.g. with PIs in project meetings, at posters using a tablet, in talks or with collaborators and co-scientists at conferences and meetings.
Features for overlaying and comparing spectra, and for zooming, phasing and alterations of contour levels facilitate viewing and investigating spectra in detail. Acquisition parameters are listed next to the spectrum giving an overview of the experimental settings.
The FAIR principles represent guidelines to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. While LOGS’s features enable the findability, accessibility and reusability of data, interoperability is probably the most difficult attribute to live up to at this time, due to a lack of specifications. Interoperability is given when a common language (format) for data is established by the scientific community, leading to data accessibility via different software platforms. However, a common format, especially for the multitudes of existing scientific data formats, has not been conclusively defined yet. In an effort to bridge this gap, LOGS is developed to understand a growing number of data formats, in order to allow scientists to a) view and compare their measurements by overlaying them in the interactive spectrum viewer, b) to compare acquisition parameters between different experiments of the same kind, and c) to export the data in ubiquitous ascii format (a work in progress).
Once the scientific community agrees on specific scientific data formats that enable interoperability, LOGS will add this feature to its portfolio.