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Suggestions for microsymposium topics for IUCr 2023

Dear COMCIFS and core DMG,

(Apologies for the cross-posting, I wanted to get as wide a coverage
as possible)

COMCIFS has been invited to submit ideas for microsymposium topics and
keynote speakers at the IUCr 2023 meeting in Melbourne. This time
around we have also been granted a representative on the program
committee, who would participate either remotely or in person in
Melbourne, or maybe Prague, in April this year. I suggest turning our
minds to whom to nominate (doesn't have to be a member of the
committee) after we've discussed our favoured topics and potentially
coordinated with CommDat. The timeframe for this discussion is
unfortunately rather short given the IPC schedule, so I suggest we
allocate a week to discussion of potential topics and then see about
nominations. Note that I will not be nominating to be the IPC

Let's start the ball rolling by discussing possible MS topics. We did
not put forward anything of our own for the most recent congress in
Prague, so the time is ripe for some quality CIF discussion. As in
previous years, topics which overlap with other commissions and
committees have a better chance of proceeding, with CommDat being the
obvious potential co-proposer, but CIF being CIF our work is relevant
to most commissions.

A topic I'd like to propose as a conversation starter is:

Integrating CIF into the new world of data standards

Blurb: In recent years many scientific disciplines and organisations
have started putting serious resources into data standardisation.
These efforts increasingly overlap with areas for which CIF
dictionaries already exist, challenging us to find a way for
information contained in CIF archives and dictionaries to be
integrated into other standards efforts.

Examples of talks that might appear in this symposium would include:
1. Interoperating NeXus and CIF
2. Managing CIF IP issues for CIF reuse
3. How standards effort <insert name here> uses CIF
4. Integrating CIF into the semantic web

Looking forward to hearing your ideas and feedback!

all the best,
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