This summer, OpenTopography is hosting interns from local San Diego area high schools as part of the San Diego Supercomputer Center's Research Experience for High School Students (REHS) program. In its fifth year, students in the REHS program "join multidisciplinary research teams and staffers at the Center to gain experience across a wide array of computational research." The ultimate goal of the program is to Make Computational Science Super Cool!.
The interns working with OpenTopography staff are focused on mining OpenTopography's body of anonymous usage metrics to identify trends in user registrations and behavior, patterns of use of various online resources and datasets, relationships among resources and users, and trends in use of specific datasets. As the students mine this information they are generating graphics which help to summarize and communicate their observations. The conclusions made by the students will be used to help improve OpenTopography user interface design, data and processing optimizations, and help us to understand how users interact with scientific datasets.
The REHS program was recently focused in the following CBS 8 San Diego news channel video: