Jason Mathews Leaves NSSDC

Volume 13, Number 4, December 1997
By Joseph King

Jason Mathews, one of the principal architects of the OMNIWeb, COHOWeb, and CDAWeb systems, is moving on to the Mitre Corporation. Over the early part of Jason's five years at NSSDC, he applied and extended new World Wide Web (WWW) technologies to NSSDC's data management and dissemination responsibilities. The first such activity was to replace the pre-existing NODIS/OMNI capability with the WWW-based ability to choose OMNI solar wind parameters for graphical browse (not possible with NODIS/OMNI) or for network downloading as the Common Data Format (CDF) or ASCII data files. This system was quickly followed by COHOWeb (involving most deep space spacecraft missions) and CDAWeb (involving International Solar-Terrestrial Physics [ISTP] key parameter and other data). These systems, each representing advances in technology and user functionality over its predecessor, have been enthusiastically exploited by NSSDC's users. CDAWeb in particular is seen as a vital tool in the pursuit of ISTP research by the ISTP science community.

Jason Mathews, one of the principal architects of the OMNIWeb, COHOWeb, and CDAWeb systems, leaves NSSDC.

In his early years at NSSDC, Jason was very active in the support and development of the CDF, especially as related to the PC environment. He continued contributions to this effort throughout his five-year NSSDC tenure.

A special interest in the last few years has been the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML). Jason has applied newly gained VRML expertise to the development of "The Interactive Universe," an education and outreach product containing six VRML models representing the universe on scale sizes ranging from the Earth-Moon system to the whole universe. David Leisawitz, leader of the Interactive Universe team, says the project would have been impossible without Jason's intimate knowledge of VRML and his great enthusiasm. The Interactive Universe will be made WWW-accessible and CD-ROM-accessible during 1998.

Jason Mathews, right, with David Leisawitz, left, demonstrate the Interactive Universe at the GSFC Education Forum.

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