CHRONOS CONOP9 Web Service
CONOP9's primary purpose is to correlate stratigraphic sections which contain fossils. It finds the best sequence of first and last appearance of fossil taxa, can handle large amounts of data from many sections, and be used to construct a composite range chart for the taxa.
CHRONOS has started work on a web services based version of
the CONOP9 graphic correlation program. This system is still very much
in its early stages and we are working with the CONOP9 author, Pete Sadler,
to work out issues with this version. When the system is fully ready it will
be announced, in the mean time, anyone is welcome to try out the interface.
If you have comments, we would love to hear them, email them to systems at
information about the CONOP9 program and how it
works can be found in the following PDF documents.
To test the program out you will need input files. The zip
file linked at the end of this paragraph will provide you with 4
example files (config, data, event and section) that you can use to
test out the web service with. Download and unzip the file then launch
the client program referenced in the next paragraph and use these files
for the input.
Using the portal interface
To test run the Conop9 Portlet
interface on this page
simply download the testData.zip
file located above and
unzip it on your computer. Next use the portal to load in the
associated .dat .evt .cfg and .sct files and provide your email
address. You can then submit the run and your results will be
emailed to you. Note that this run only takes a few minutes to
run, but some conop9 runs could take weeks even on large
machines. This is in fact what we are working on and more details
will be coming shortly on how to construct your own runs and data sets
and send them into this system. Reading the background material
provided above is an excellent starting point.
Test Data Downloading and starting the program via webstart
CONOP9 web service reference client runs under the Java
runtime environment (version 1.4) and is downloaded and launched from
the CHRONOS web site via Java WebStart. With the initial download, the
application is actually cached on your hard drive and run locally.
Thereafter, you can run the program offline (without an Internet
connection). However, if you are online when you start the program,
WebStart will automatically check whether an updated version is
available from the CHRONOS website. Follow the sequence of
events described out in the "Using
the portal interface" above.