The VisITMeta (german: Visualisierung der Sicherheit moderner IT-Infrastrukturen auf der Basis von Metadaten/english: Visualizing the security of modern IT environments by using metadata) project aims at visualizing network metadata. The project started on April 1st, 2012.
The project will be accomplished by the Hochschule Hannover while cooperating with different parties:
These partners will be included in evaluating and discussing the process and results of VisITMeta.
The main goal of VisITMeta is to develop a new IF-MAP metadata visualization software, based on the results and ideas of irongui. As irongui startet as a bachelor thesis of Tobias Ruhe, B. Sc. at the Hochschule Hannover and was developed further by the Trust@FHH research group, there was a point where further development was more difficult than using the gained knowledge and create a new software project.
The general goals are to
Beside this general goals and requirements, the new VisITMeta software will support many new and advanced features to handle and navigate metadata graphs:
The software itself should benefit from what we’ve learned from irongui also in the way of software engineering and software quality means.
During the first phase of the project, we developed some visual concepts for the functionality of the later software. This flip-book-style presentation was used to get feedback from the ESUKOM partners on the final ESUKOM workshop in September 2012.
This shows the overall project roadmap for VisITMeta (created with GanttProject).
The actual software development started in March 2013 as planned. Developer’s releases of the early versions of VisITMeta can be found on github. The current release still has alpha stadium but will evolve quickly over the course of the next months.
The idea is that feedback from users (ESUKOM partners, members of the TCG, other reasearchers interested in IF-MAP, …) can be gathered from early on in the development.
As we have many more ideas of how to enhance the visualization and user interface for navigating through metadata graphs that cannot be handled directly within the 3 years of funding, we will try to outsource these ideas to our students via student projects, thesis or student assistants. Some of the things we might investigate include
… and much more.
This section summarizes the different documents (presentation, design documents, …) that are available for VisITMeta: