David Karger‘s lab at MIT has developed some neat web software called exhibit, which is designed to let non-ultra-sophisticated individuals publish data in ways that make it immediately accessible and interactive for people encountering it on the web. With exhibit, a scientist with a lot of data doesn’t need to manage a database (mysql, etc.) and program a front end for it. Instead, they can put a data file (as simple as a spreadsheet) and a presentation file (written in basic html) on their web site and they’re done. There are a couple of great examples including an interactive elements table that one of Karger’s undergraduates put together.