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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Report on study of data repositories

Liz Lyon, et al., Scaling Up: Towards a Federation of Crystallography Data Repositories, report funded by JISC Digital Repositories Programme, May 12, 2008. (Thanks to UKOLN.) From the executive summary:
The Scaling Up Report presents the results of a JISC-funded scoping study to assess the feasibility of a federated model for data repositories in the domain of crystallography. It builds on earlier work in the eBank UK Project and has been based on a mix of desk-based research, a consultation workshop and a series of interviews with stakeholders.

The authors conclude that a federation-based approach is an appropriate strategy for this domain and a Checklist of Community Criteria for Interoperability, summarises the elements which contribute a solid foundation for the model. ...

In addition, a number of Recommendations are made for further investigation. ...