Q. What does the database do?

A. By combining information from many users it will create an extremely large knowledge base that can be analysed to reveal patterns and buried information.



Q. What does the database contain?

A. The database contains data in multiple formats including:

  • Experimental setup (drop down menu + free text)
  • Visual (camera/mobile, video, microscope)
  • Measurements (recordings of electrical signals)


Q. What can I contribute?

A. Participants are free to contribute as little or as much as they like in their preferred format. For example, just photos from their mobile phone, recordings of electrical signals or mixture.



Q. Any requirements?

A. For effective analysis we need to know something about your setup. In particular, start conditions and what stimuli (if any) applied. For example, slime growing on oats and shine light.



Q. Can I do more?

A. Some participants may choose to analyse information collected by other participants. For example, convert electrical signals into music.




Q. What is the code behind PhySense database?

A. PhySense uses MariaDB one of the most popular databases in the world. It was made by the original developers of MySQL. Notable users include Wikipedia, WordPress and Google.



Q. Why did Physense select MariaDB?

A. PhySense selected MariaDB because it is fast, scalable and robust, with a rich ecosystem of storage engines, plugins and many other tools make it very versatile. MariaDB turns data into structured information in a wide array of applications. It is an enhanced, drop-in replacement for MySQL.


Q. Is MariaDB open source?

A. Yes, MariaDB is developed as open source software and as a relational database it provides an SQL interface for accessing data. The latest versions of MariaDB also include GIS and JSON features.



Q. Difficulty accessing database

A. This can happen for several reasons. You may have accidentally typed your username or password incorrectly.

1) Your username and password are CaSe SeNsItIvE.

2) Your username and password contain NO SPACES.

If you copy and pasted them , be sure not to copy the leading space after “Username:” and “Password:” You may be required to enter your username and password more than once. This is part of the security system that combats hackers. Back out and try it again. If you have further difficulties, please contact PhySense team.