for European Neutron and Synchrotron facilities
Wednesday 28 January 2009
European Neutron and Synchrotron facilities
Today, Juan Bicarregui of STFC e-Science chaired a gathering of scientific computing experts from the main European Neutron and Synchrotron facilities to negotiate common data and policy standards to enable interoperability. Since the same scientists use different facilities their research will be more efficient to produce results that will have an impact on the economy if they can exchange data between facilities more easily.
About 15% of users of the synchrotrons also use neutron sources to provide complementary data on the structure of materials, while about 50% of users of the UK based ISIS pulsed neutron facility also use the continuous flow of neutrons from the European ILL facility in France to provide complementary data. At present, each facility has its own policies on data ownership, curation, publication, and citation of data, while operating within their national data protection rules.
The meeting at Cosenerâ€™s House, Abingdon (link opens in a new window), was attended by representatives of the Diamond Light Source (link opens in a new window) and ISIS pulsed neutron and muon (link opens in a new window) facilities at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus; the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (link opens in a new window) and the ILL (link opens in a new window) in Grenoble, France; the BESSY synchrotron and HMI neutron source at the HZB Institute in Berlin, Germany; DESY in Hamburg, Germany; the SOLIEL synchrotron in France; the PSI synchrotron in Switzerland; the ELETTRA synchrotron in Trieste, Italy (link opens in a new window); and the ALBA synchrotron in Barcelona, Spain (link opens in a new window).
The meeting agreed to adopt a common policy framework and established deadlines before which detailed negotiations will take place on data policies and formats.
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