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RFP for CORBA Standard for Biological Macromolecular Structure Data

For the past several months, RCSB has been active in the Object Management Group (OMG), the non-profit organization responsible for the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA). CORBA is widely used in the computer industry for developing object-oriented network interfaces that are independent of hardware platform, operating system and programming language.

SDSC as a member of the OMG has been representing the RCSB in its effort to define a specification for accessing the PDB using CORBA. A major milestone was recently achieved in this process, as described in the following excerpt from a press release issued by the OMG:

"The Domain Technology Committee (DTC), responsible for the OMG's specification efforts in vertical markets, issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for a biological macromolecular structure data access facility. The facility will find uses in both academic and commercial biochemical research and development."

The full version of the RFP is available online.