Publish Statistics on your Webserver
The Nesstar Server is built as an extension to a normal web server. As well as providing all the usual facilities for publishing web content, this server provides the ability to publish statistical information that can be searched, browsed, analysed and downloaded by users. This is done either by using a standard web browser using Nesstar WebView, the web-interface of Nesstar Server.
Combining Data and Metadata
Accordingly, the Nesstar software suite provides a way to make statistical data as easy to publish, locate, access and protect from unauthorised access, as is text. Through this process, statistical knowledge is made more accessible. This includes the combination of metadata, data and derived information (reports, papers, secondary analyses etc.) that make statistics meaningful.
A Semantic Data Web
The Nesstar product represents a system of software architecture that makes it easy to create, locate, access and operate remotely on metadata and corresponding data. At the same time it does this while maintaining a high level of compatibility with the WWW. This is an attempt at creating a Data Web; an extension of the WWW geared towards data and based on widely adopted data description standards.
Standards Based System
The demands of recognised systems such as the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) and open source initiatives like JBoss are a key component of the Nesstar Suite of products. This makes the process of using Nesstar products and making data available via the WWW a fully integrated and standardised operation.
Authentication and Access Control
Nesstar Publisher is part of this process and can be used to mount data and accompanying metadata on a Nesstar server. Access to these resources can then be free and universal, or can be limited to authorised users in accordance with the wishes of the data publisher. These materials are then ready to be used and explored using Nesstar WebView.