Storage of diffraction data

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Synchrotrons are very good at archiving all collected data. In contrast, there's no requirement for including diffraction data when submitting a structure to the PDB. Consequently, the connection between structure and the underlying data is lost for all practical purposes. Some think this is a problem, but there aren't any good solutions yet.

Diffraction data storage solution

As the PDB isn't developing data storage and retrieval solution, community efforts are needed. Here are a few examples:

  • myTardis - developed at the Australian synchrotron and downloadable as open source.
  • iRods - an effort headed by the Irish Centre for High End Computing of turning iRods into a modular storage solution that can be deployed at the lab or institute level.