The goal of the website (10green.org) is to make people aware of the quality of the air they breathe, according to UMaine Climate Change Institute Director Paul Mayewski. “We feel it’s as critical for people to understand the air quality where they live as it is for them to know their credit rating or their blood pressure,” says Mayewski, who oversaw 10Green along with Sudarshan Chawathe, a UMaine associate professor of computer science and a cooperating associate professor in the Climate Change Institute; and Andrei Kurbatov, assistant research professor in the Climate Change Institute and the Department of Earth Sciences. …
Chawathe says the work included scaling the website for concurrent users, organizing data and ensuring accessibility for users on all kinds of computing platforms.
Making 10Green accessible to everyone was essential – and a challenge, says Sudarshan Chawathe, a UMaine associate professor of computer science and a cooperating associate professor in the Climate Change Institute. The key was in creating an engaging presentation of the material and presenting the data in a way that is easy to understand and attractive to people. Chawathe developed the 10Green website in collaboration with computer science graduate student Erik Albert. Aspects of the method Chawathe and Albert developed, which is known as RESTful Framework for Dynamic Client Environments, or RFDE, was included as a chapter in a new book on REST – representational state transfer, a type of Web architecture.
(excerpt from 10Green Climate Change Institute develops tool to gauge the health of our environment by Jessica Bloch and published in the Summer 2012 edition of UMaine Today) Click on the link to view complete article.