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Revision as of 16:36, 11 March 2014 by (Talk | contribs) (Remove "still" from " Several universities, research facilities and companies [still] use and develop Eclipse RCP" as it sounds as if they'd switch to different technologies in the future, or as if Eclipse RCP is outdated...)

Open Source Initiative for Scientific Development Tools (preliminary phase)


Several universities, research facilities and companies use and develop Eclipse RCP applications to solve problems within a certain scientific scope. This page shall give an overview of existing applications. Moreover, it demonstrates that Eclipse applications are well suited for the needs of scientific research both in non-commercial/educational and commercial context. Hence, the intention is to enable a vivid scientific community within the Eclipse Foundation. The goals of such a working group and community are the following:

  • To provide an infrastructure for interoparibility between various scientific applications
  • To prevent reinventing the wheel over and over again
  • To enable an interdisciplinary research and development
  • To solve problems as a community and hence to lower the costs of development
  • To inspire students and scientists to use and utilize open source software
  • To help industrial partners to get better products


Goal of this initiative is to establish an Industry Working Group with a scientific scope. At the current stage, we're collecting projects and interested partners. The aim is to find as much interested parties as possible. A wide range of applications and needs allows us to create a common roadmap that fits the needs of all of its participants.

  • Preliminary phase of collecting projects and partners (we are here)
  • Commit to write a proposal to establish a Science IWG
  • Start of an official Eclipse Industry Working Group
  • Recruiting of new participants and industrial partners
  • Being a proud part of the Eclipse Community
  • Being curious of what's coming next

Organization and Contact

For more information, please contact:

  • Matthew Gerring "matthew (dot) gerring (at) diamond (dot) ac (dot) uk"
  • Philip Wenig "philip (dot) wenig (at) openchrom (dot) net"
  • Andrew Ross "andrew (dot) ross (at) eclipse (dot) org"

Please subscribe to the mailing list to get the latest news and discussions:

Science IWG Mailing List

Alphabetical List of Open Source RCP Projects

  • Atomic - Linguistics
  • Bioclipse - Biology, Chemistry, Bioinformatics
  • BioExtrac Biobank, Medical Research
  • Bio7 - Ecological Modeling, Scientific Image Analysis, Statistical Analysis
  • Control System Studio - Physics
  • DAWN - Physics
  • Elexis - Practice Management, EMR, Healthcare
  • GDA - data acquisition software for science facilities such as neutron and x-ray sources
  • GumTree - Physics
  • KNIME - Data and Image Analysis in Chemistry and Biology
  • Maltcms - Chemistry
  • NiCE - Integrated Computational Environment for advanced modeling and simulation
  • OpenChrom - Chemistry
  • openMASP - Chemistry
  • Pacx - Linguistics, uses Vex and Subversive
  • Passerelle - open workflow solution platform. Applied for data acquisition and control in synchrotron beamlines and similar facilities. Also integrated in DAWN for data analysis workflows.
  • Remote Component Environment (RCE) - Workflow-driven integration environment; aerospace and transport research
  • StatET - Integrated development environment (IDE) and GUI for R
  • STEM - Epidemiology, Healthcare
  • TextGrid - Humanities, uses Vex, funded by German government
  • uDig - Geospatial Information System (GIS), hosted by the Eclipse Foundation's LocationTech working group which focuses on location aware technology.
  • UOMo - Units of Measurement, UCUM (HL7)

Alphabetical List of Proprietary RCP Projects

Nonbinding List of Interested Partners

Alphabetical List of Miscellaneous Other Projects

Meeting Minutes, BoF EclipseCon 2013

Overview Science WG presented at the EclipseCon Europe 2013
  • Meeting Attendants
    • Philip Wenig (OpenChrom)
    • Marco Descher (FHV)
    • Tim Jagenberg (MARINTEK)
    • Egil Giertsen (MARINTEK)
    • Torkild U. Resheim (Itema)
    • Robert Heggdal (Itema)
    • Stephan Druskat (LinkType project, University of Jena)
    • Matthew Gerring (Diamond Light Source - [DAWN collaboration])
    • Jacob Filik (Diamond Light Source - [DAWN collaboration])
    • Raphael Gayno (IFPEN)
  • Target: Definition and Vision
  • Contribution
    • 3D visualization, OpenGL Viewer
    • dynamic 2d visualiatzion, oscilloscope widget
    • access to Experiment Physics and Industrial Control System (EPICS)
    • TeXmark algorithm for xygraph
    • 2d image viewing, histographic algorithms
    • tool system
    • slicing system, EP for slicing different ways of n-dimensional data
    • figures for selecting data
    • 3d and surface visualization
    • STEM: use of gis data visualization in form of shape files
    • Workflow systems - Integration barrier?
  • Interested in
    • better visualization tools for 2d plots
    • jobs management, simulation management
    • periodic system classes, scientific constants
    • file bugs for swt xygraph
    • Matlab replacement designed by the working group
    • improve xy plotting functionality, work together to get this done
    • performant visualization for dynamic mesh
    • Funding for research projects
    • teaching exchange
    • state-of-the-art knowledge exchange
  • Need
    • 3d rendering on huge 3d models
    • Support for graph (and graph-layout) algorithms
    • ISO surface renderer
  • Dimensions/units -> UoMo
  • Other
    • wrapping up algorithms and libraries to java and as eclipse bundles
    • matlab -> python it provides a broader set of scientific libraries
    • python integration, pydev
    • EASE
    • Rapidminer, Gridminer
  • Contact
    • swtchart
  • Distributed Execution
    • Remark: University Of Innsbruck
  • 2D Plot, xygraph contribution
  • Visualization - common visualization working group
  • System Engineering - numerical part
  • Crystal structures
  • Conclusion
    • Matthew will provide a one-pager of 2 or 3 points we like to achieve next year and one to two pages vision of the working group
  • Further steps
    • Definition and Vision by End of November -> just write, not too long
    • Review by all members
    • Who takes leadership?
    • Vision document (1,2 pages)
      • defined scope what to accomplish; common scientific building blocks
    • Common scientific platform?

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