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Enhancing access to research data: the challenge of crystallography

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5 Author(s)
Leslie A. Carr ; University of Southampton, Southampton, UK ; Rachel Heery ; Simon J. Coles ; Michael Day
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This paper describes an ongoing collaborative effort across digital library and scientific communities in the UK to improve access to research data. A prototype demonstrator service supporting the discovery and retrieval of detailed results of crystallography experiments has been deployed within an Open Archives digital library service model. Early challenges include the understanding of requirements in this specialized area of chemistry and reaching consensus on the design of a metadata model and schema. Future plans encompass the exploration of commonality and overlap with other schemas and across disciplines, working with publishers to develop mutually beneficial service models, and investigation of the pedagogical benefits. The potential improved access to experimental data to enrich scholarly communication from the perspective of both research and learning provides the driving force to continue exploring these issues

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Proceedings of the 5th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL '05)

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7-11 June 2005