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Re: FYI [Fwd: [Fwd: [Imgcif-l] A new consortium]]

Howard

Thanks for passing this on to the Committee as a whole. I have also
just received a copy of a more specific invitation from Herbert
Bernstein, which lists a number of distinct components of the 
proposal (I'll list these below). I shall be attending a workshop
at the ACA meeting this summer which aims to promote the adoption
of imgCIF as a major component of the interoperability framework
(my brief is to give a short presentation pointing out that imgCIF
is a well-documented and well-supported standard sponsored by a
respectable and committed scientific body). My early inclination
is to offer to participate in the consortium, offering no direct
financial contribution, but providing "in-kind" support through
continued maintenance of the CIF web site, International Tables G
and other CIF development projects.

Your (collective) opinions on this approach are welcomed.

The items detailed by Herbert in his invitaion are as follows;
I believe we could offer support for the imgCIF components of
(2), (3) and (4), and occasional involvement in (1) and (5):

      1. Collaboratively resolve the interface issues among multiple
   structural biology data management protocols, including imgCIF, NeXuS,
   vendor data formats, instrument control and signalling protocols, local
   and remote experiment control protocols, etc. with the objective of making
   the
   collection, transfer and archiving of data for experiments in structural
   biology as efficient as practicable.
   
      2.  Maintain an archive of documentation on standards and proposals for
   ontologies, software, hardware specifications, web templates and other
   documentation related to  such protocols.
   
      3.  Maintain an archive of open source software related to such
   protocols.
   
      4.  Maintain a archive of samples and test cases related to such
   protocols.
   
      5.  Run annual workshops on issues relating to such protocols (starting
   with our 2006-2007 workshop)
   
      6.  Contribute open source software to fill gaps in the infrastructure
   related to such protocol.
   
      7.  Gather and where necessary create curricular material to assist in
   training experimenter in issues related to such protocols.

Regards
Brian


On Wed, May 10, 2006 at 11:06:16AM +0200, Howard Flack wrote:
> FYI

> Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 10:14:54 +0200
> From: Yves Epelboin <yves.epelboin@lmcp.jussieu.fr>
> Subject: [Fwd: [Imgcif-l] A new consortium]
> 
> -------- Message original --------
> Sujet: 	[Imgcif-l] A new consortium
> Date: 	Tue, 9 May 2006 22:20:48 -0400
> De: 	Herbert J. Bernstein <yaya@bernstein-plus-sons.com>
> Répondre à: 	The Crystallographic Binary File and its imgCIF application 
> to image data <imgcif-l@iucr.org>
> 
> Dear Colleagues,
> 
>  Some of us are starting a new consortium to continue the work we have
> been doing to achieve a consensus on interoperable approaches to
> management of synchrotron data.  The consortium on Management of
> Experimental Data in Structural Biology (MEDSBIO) will
> collaboratively resolve the interface issues among multiple
> structural biology data management protocols, including imgCIF, NeXuS,
> vendor data formats, instrument control and signalling protocols, local
> and remote experiment control protocols, etc. with the objective of making 
> the
> collection, transfer and archiving of data for experiments in structural
> biology as efficient as practicable, and engage in related activities.
> 
> If you are interested in more details, please send email to:
> 
>  Herbert J. Bernstein
>  yaya@dowling.edu
> 
> -- 
> =====================================================
> Herbert J. Bernstein, Professor of Computer Science
>   Dowling College, Kramer Science Center, KSC 121
>        Idle Hour Blvd, Oakdale, NY, 11769
> 
>              Office:  +1-631-244-3035
>           Lab (KSC 020): +1-631-244-3451
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