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Development Approach of the Advanced Life Support On-line Project Information SystemThe Advanced Life Support (ALS) Program has recently accelerated an effort to develop an On-line Project Information System (OPIS) for research project and technology development data centralization and sharing. There has been significant advancement in the On-line Project Information System (OPIS) over the past year (Hogan et al, 2004). This paper presents the resultant OPIS development approach. OPIS is being built as an application framework consisting of an uderlying Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP (LAMP) stack, and supporting class libraries that provides database abstraction and automatic code generation, simplifying the ongoing development and maintenance process. Such a development approach allows for quick adaptation to serve multiple Programs, although initial deployment is for an ALS module. OPIS core functionality will involve a Web-based annual solicitation of project and technology data directly from ALS Principal Investigators (PIs) through customized data collection forms. Data provided by PIs will be reviewed by a Technical Task Monitor (TTM) before posting the information to OPIS for ALS Community viewing via the Web. Such Annual Reports will be permanent, citable references within OPIS. OPlS core functionality will also include Project Home Sites, which will allow PIS to provide updated technology information to the Community in between Annual Report updates. All data will be stored in an object-oriented relational database, created in MySQL(Reistered Trademark) and located on a secure server at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC). Upon launch, OPlS can be utilized by Managers to identify research and technology development (R&TD) gaps and to assess task performance. Analysts can employ OPlS to obtain the current, comprehensive, accurate information about advanced technologies that is required to perform trade studies of various life support system options. ALS researchers and technology developers can use OPlS to achieve an improved understanding of the NASA and ALS Program needs and to understand how other researchers and technology developers are addressing those needs. OPlS core functionality will launch for 'Ihe ALS Program in October, 2005. However, the system has been developed with the ability to evolve with Program needs. Because of open-source construction, software costs are minimized. Any functionality that is technologically feasible can be built into OPIS, and OPlS can expand through module cloning and adaptation, to any level deemed useful to the Agency.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Levri, Julie A.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Hogan, John A.
(National Space Grant Foundation Washington, DC, United States)
Morrow, Rich
(Lockheed Martin Space Operations United States)
Ho, Michael C.
(Lockheed Martin Space Operations United States)
Kaehms, Bob
(Lockheed Martin Space Operations United States)
Cavazzoni, Jim
(Rutgers - The State Univ. NJ, United States)
Brodbeck, Christina A.
(San Francisco State Univ. CA, United States)
Whitaker, Dawn R.
(Purdue Univ. IN, United States)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2005
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
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Meeting Information
Meeting: 35th International Conference on Environmental Systems
Location: Rome
Country: Italy
Start Date: July 11, 2005
End Date: July 14, 2005
Sponsors: Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc.
Funding Number(s)
OTHER: 131-20-10
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