Lyon, Liz, Coles, Simon J. and Patel, Manjula
eCrystals Federation: open repositories for open science
At Fall 2007 Coalition for Networked Information Task Force Meeting.
10 - 11 Dec 2007.
This presentation will describe the background of the eCrystals Federation, which is based on eBank foundations, and which, in partnership with OAI-ORE, will implement a federation of open data repositories for crystallography. An application profile, based on the Dublin Core standard, has been developed by the eBank-UK project for the initial construction of a federation of crystallography data repositories. Building on this initial deployment the eCrystals Federation will then work closely with the OAI-ORE team, as part of a wider international consortium funded by Microsoft to support the whole lifecycle of chemistry research data, to develop a more effective protocol for interoperability between data repositories and the construction of tools and third party services based on the data federation.
The groundwork to establish a repository network will be described together with the evolving advocacy program, links with third party services such as data centres, publishers, learned societies, and preservation/sustainability activity. Continuing developments in partnership with the Digital Curation Centre are investigating suitable curation strategies, the creation of preservation metadata, and the application of the DRAMBORA Toolkit as a means of self-assessment to the crystallography repositories. Emerging data policy issues for institutions will be explored and some challenges for the future will be presented.
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