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CrystalEye: From Desktop To Data Repository

Downing, J., Day, N. and Murray-Rust, P. (2008) CrystalEye: From Desktop To Data Repository. In: Third International Conference on Open Repositories 2008, 1-4 April 2008, Southampton, United Kingdom.

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Abstract

CrystalEye began its life as the backbone of Nick Day's PhD research - looking to find the chemical reasons for limitations in computational molecular structure prediction by comparing real structures (from published crystallography) with those predicted by a computational code. The crystallographic data was scraped from publishers' websites and processed to add chemical information (a heuristic process, also part of the research). The project evolved; HTML pages of derived data were created as a method of results data visualisation, these were published as a website, and functionality was added to serve Nick's research and in response to the community. At the same time, the scale of the data increased, bringing other challenges and concerns. We believe CrystalEye is important to the repositories community because it could not have been achieved using the prevalent centralised repository approach, because the context and first steps are typical of \"small science\" research, and because we believe there is a key role for initiatives such as CrystalEye in the repository ecology. This presentation traces the evolution of CrystalEye, and discusses: - * The repository-like features in CrystalEye * Lessons learnt - the technologies, standards and practises that allow for organic growth, and those that prevent it. * The implications for other \"small science\" projects. * The implications for institutional repositories - how can efforts like CrystalEye fit into an IR approach.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Creators:Jim Downing, Nick Day, Peter Murray-Rust
Subjects:Main Conference > Wednesday 2nd April > 5b - Scientific Repositories (b)
ID Code:21
Deposited By: Leslie Carr
Deposited On:27 Mar 2008 19:46
Last Modified:26 Oct 2011 16:07

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