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.
The RCSB PDB (citation) is managed by two members of the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics:
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