Sensorpedia, a program developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, enables individuals, communities, and enterprises to share, find, and use sensor data online. Instead of networking users based on mutual personal interests, Sensorpedia networks users based on mutual sensor information interests. Sensorpedia applies several design principles common to many popular Web 2.0 sites:

  • Use of a URL as the common denominator for referencing specific pieces of data
  • A flexible tag-based classification scheme in place of a fixed hierarchy of information
  • Access control based on social networking and groups of trusted users
  • Simple Application Programming Interface (API) supporting the creation of data "mashups" from multiple data sources
  • Publish-subscribe mechanism enabling automated notification of data updates

Sensorpedia is a Web-based application (consisting of a Google Maps interface where users can search and explore published sensor data. The interface is designed to be simple and intuitive to use. However, the real power of Sensorpedia is in the back-end services. The Sensorpedia API uses Web services designed to accept and publish data using established standards such as the Atom Syndication Format. The API supports rapid development of customized third-party applications to meet specific needs users may have. Sensorpedia also relies on open data portability standards such as OData, oEmbed, OpenID, and OAuth to ensure current and future interoperability with other Web-based software applications.

The Team

David Resseguie David Resseguie (MS, 2004) is a member of the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. David has worked with ORNL since 2000 designing and implementing multiple large-scale computer systems for the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and other Federal Agencies. David's current research focus is on applying Web 2.0 and social networking principles to the design of information sharing systems. Other research interests include sketch- and touch-based computing, human-machine interaction, and standardized data formats for wide-area sensor network visualization. Outside the lab, David has served as an instructor for ITT Technical Institute and coaches a local FIRST LEGO League robot competition team for middle school aged children.
Bryan Gorman Bryan Gorman (MA, 1979) is a Senior Research Associate with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He participates in a number of national and international standards development organizations and is the Department of Energy’s representative to the Department of Defense Geospatial Intelligence Working Group, the advisory body that recommends geographic information standards for the DOD and the nation’s intelligence community. Since 2003, Bryan has been the Principal Investigator for ORNL’s experimental sensor network testbed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, providing guidance in the specification and implementation of emerging information technologies to improve public safety and force protection.

This research was partially funded by the Department of Homeland Security-sponsored Southeast Region Research Initiative (SERRI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), managed by UT-Battelle, LLC for the U. S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725. Accordingly, the U.S. Government retains a nonexclusive, royalty-free license to publish or reproduce the published form of this contribution, or allow others to do so, for U.S. Government purposes.