IBM has an impressive Web 2.0 project called Many Eyes where you come in, upload your data and choose a visualization. The visualizations are based on Java applets and are pretty dynamic: you can drill-down and search the data visually. What is impressive is that it is totally open. You can upload your data, people can then work on your data and discover new ways to do it.
Many Eyes is a bet on the power of human visual intelligence to find patterns. Our goal is to “democratize” visualization and to enable a new social kind of data analysis.
This is human-driven collaborative data mining. I like it. I think this type of research has a bright future.
Imagine researchers making available their data and asking people to play with it?