In recognition of the development of Exhibit, an open-source software data visualization tool developed by CSAIL's SIMILE group, including EECS faculty member and CSAIL principal investigator David Karger teaming with members of the World Wide Web Consortium, W3C and the MIT Libraries over the past five years, the U.S. Library of Congress has provided a $650,000 grant to fund an expansion of this project. Members of this original collaborative group will team with Zepheira, LLC, to redesign and expand this tool with the goal of allowing a wider range of users to more easily integrate data for website publishing.
Exibit, as reported by the MIT News Office, Feb. 9, 2011, was originally developed to explore applications of the Semantic Web to problems of information management across both large-scale digital libraries and small-scale personal collections. Exhibit runs inside a Web browser and supports many types of information using common Web standards for data publishing.
David Karger commented, "Impressive data-interactive sites abound on the Web, but right now you need a team of developers to create them. Exhibit demonstrated that authoring data-interactive sites can be as easy as authoring a static web page. With Exhibit 3.0 we can move from a prototype to a robust platform that anyone can use."
MIT Libraries Feb. 9, 2011 article by Heather Denny. "Data Visualization Tool Developed at MIT Gets Library of Congress Support"
Exhibit website Publishing Framework for Data-Rich Interactive Web Pages.
Simile Project Semantic Interoperability of Metadata and Information in unLike Environments