Starrydata (Starrydata2) is an open web system to help material researchers to collect and share digital data from plot images in published papers. It includes not only the top data, but many other data from reference samples with not good properties.
Every datum is a star.
Not only bright stars, but also the dwarf stars are important. We want a database that contains many data like a starry sky. A group of data like Milky Way tells many things about the universe.
Data from Plot images
Most of the past scientific data are not accessible, because they are buried in plot images. We recover the data by plot digitization. We hope that in future, every data in published papers become accessible in digital form.
manual data collection
We need the knowledge of the specialists who understand why authors wrote in that way. Therefore, we let researchers collect data by themselves. By sharing each researcher’s effort, we can create a large database.
a reference magager with data
To make Starrydata as a part of researchers’ lives, we designed this system like a reference manager, in which they can make their own lists of favorite papers. Users can download all the digitized data, associated with the papers in the list. The number of data increases when they find data of their interest are missing. They can fill the data by themselves, and share it with the other researchers.
Interactive data viewer
Starrydata helps researchers to visualize the data. Line plots, heat maps, single and multiple scatter plots can be drawn. Mouse-hovering shows the information about each data point.
open (Free) database
Starrydata2 is free. Both academic and commercial users can use our data for free. This is because our electronic journals do not allow commercial uses of the papers. This just means that we do not earn money by selling the data obtained from papers. Instead of payment, we will ask users for citation of our paper on Starrydata2, which has been submitted and waiting for acceptance.
We are financially supported by various research projects, which use large-scale experimental data. The research budgets can be used to employ research assistants, who intensively collect data on the research project.