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Open Archives as a Route for Capture, Dissemination and Access to Chemical Data and Information

Coles, Simon J. (2005) Open Archives as a Route for Capture, Dissemination and Access to Chemical Data and Information At eChemInfo Interaction Meeting. 09 - 10 Nov 2005. 20 pp.

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Modern advances in high throughput synthesis, scientific analytical instrumentation and data analysis and mining techniques are presenting increasingly big challenges for chemical information management and discovery. Consequently, the conventional process of peer review of journal articles as the primary route for the dissemination of scientific data is unable to keep apace with these high rates of generation and is hindering the passage of this data to the public domain. The architecture and philosophy of the Open Archive presents a solution to both the data management and publication problems. Recent work undertaken by the eBank-UK project ( has been addressing the issue of dissemination of scientific data and uses the philosophy of the Open Archive Initiative (OAI) to solve this problem, whilst the R4L project ( uses the same approach for laboratory data management. The UK National Crystallography Service (NCS) ( has developed an Open Archive infrastructure for crystal structure data ( as an exemplar of this methodology.
All the data generated during the course of the crystal structure determination experiment is seamlessly or automatically captured, time-stamped for priority assertion purposes and deposited in a laboratory management repository. A report generation tool is then employed to collate all experimental information in the laboratory repository, based on a particular compound. This report is utilised to prepare a journal article, based on the experimental data, and both write ups are subsequently deposited in an Institutional Repository. The Institutional Repository publicises its data content to the internet through Open Archive Initiative (OAI) protocols, which allows aggregator services to harvest pertinent metadata. The aggregator search and discovery tools then provide seamless and unhindered access to the scientific reports and their underlying data, thus maximising efficient sharing of experimental chemical information.

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Published date: 10 November 2005
Venue - Dates: eChemInfo Interaction Meeting, 2005-11-09 - 2005-11-10
Keywords: Open archives, eBank, R4L


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Date deposited: 21 Nov 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:35

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Author: Simon J. Coles

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