For applications using Google Earth, the planned COLLADA Computing modules are independent of the Google API and therefore are not subject to license restrictions imposed by Google. Similarly, a COLLADA Computing engine could be set up to run independently of NASA World Wind, such that any interface or transaction is carried by the COLLADA 3D Objects themselves and supported by an open source COLLADA plugin. Such a plugin does not presently exist but is being discussed in the NASA World Wind forums. These techniques collectively define a 4-Dimensional Geospatial Information System capability that exceeds the features of commercial GIS packages at this time, namely 3D animation. Applications are available in the atmospheric, oceanographic, space and geological domains, but cross-domain applications will also emerge as they are enabled. The COLLADA Computing approach will also be useful in secondary and undergraduate educational settings.
Object Oriented software for 4-Dimensional COLLADA Computing methods and techniques are developed for cross-disciplinary combination and analysis of atmospheric, oceanic, space and geologic datasets. COLLADA Computing will be useful for creation and analysis of NASA data assets available through portals such as the GSFC Giovanni Science Data Bridge. Products of COLLADA Computing will also be compatible with the WxAzygyREG Transparent Interface for interactive manipulation of 4-Dimensional geophysical content in Virtual Globes such as Google Earth (NASA SBIR 2008-1 S6.04-9159, U.S. Patent Application No. 12/585,025, now in Phase III with NOAA funding). Compatibility is anticipated for the open source NASA World Wind JAVA SDK.