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Re: COMCIFS program for Osaka

Dear David,

   These sound like excellent topics.  On a scheduling note -- many
US schools start their semester just after Labor Day (the first
Monday in September), so many US academics (myself included) will
have to leave Osaka on 31 August to make it back to the US in time
to start the semester properly.  May I suggest taking that into
account in scheduling these sessions?


At 1:39 PM -0400 5/11/07, David Brown wrote:
>IUCr Osaka Congress 2008
>I am trying to arrange one or more open COMCIFS meetings at the IUCr 
>Congress in Osaka in 2008.  In addition the Computing Commission is 
>proposing a joint open session with COMCIFS, but no theme has yet 
>been chosen for this.  I am writing to solicit suggestions for 
>topics that you think COMCIFS should included in the Congress 
>So far I have had two suggestions:
>1. Software for DDLm - this is the new methods-based dictionary
>          definition language that Syd Hall is proposing.  DDLm was 
>adopted in principle by COMCIFS in Florence as the basis 
>for further development of CIF, and the definitive
>          version of DDLm is now posted on the COMCIFS web site
>          for discussion prior to COMCIFS being asked for formal
>          approval.  Syd's colleagues (primarily Nick Spadaccini
>          in Perth) have done some prototype software development. 
>There may not be many other active developers by          August 
>2008, but that just means this session could be          an 
>excellent opportunity to encourage them.
>   2. imgCIF and NeXus - Herbert Bernstein and Bob Sweet are working
>          hard to promote uptake of imgCIF in synchrotron facilities,
>          and a recent workshop in Bloomington looks set to add weight
>          to the adoption of imgCIF as a diffraction data standard for
>          small-molecule crystallography.  NeXus is the standard data
>          framework emerging for data management in the big facilities
>          (and it's likely that it can coexist happily with imgCIF),
>          so a speaker on NeXus would also seem appropriate.
>Are there any other suggestions for possible topics?  Suggestions 
>for possible session chairs and speakers would be welcome, including 
>chairs and speakers for the two topics above.
>David Brown
>P.S. I will be orgainizing the usual closed COMCIFS meetings to deal 
>with specific problems  that COMCIFS needs to deal with.
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  Herbert J. Bernstein, Professor of Computer Science
    Dowling College, Kramer Science Center, KSC 121
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