Crystallographic data

Some Economic Considerations for Managing a Centralized Archive of Raw Diffraction Data

John Westbrook

RCSB PDB, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, USA. E-mail:


 An analysis is presented of the costs associated with the data capture; annotation and validation; delivery and archiving for raw diffraction data. The scientific and technical staffing requirements as well as the requisite IT infrastructure resources are included in this analysis. A number of alternative archiving and delivery technologies are described providing a range of data availability, performance, and fault-tolerance. The costs of managing a large data collection of this type using local infrastructure are compared with the costs of a cloud-based solution.

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