Alpha Version of OpenMMS Toolkit Released

The PDB has released an alpha version of the OpenMMS Toolkit, a suite of software tools that implement the Corba standard (OMG specification dtc/2001-04-06). The Corba specification provides a standard application programming interface (API) that allows remote programs direct access to the detailed experimental and macromolecular data available in the PDB. More information about the PDB and Corba is available at http://www.rcsb.org/pdb/newsletter/2001q1/corba.html.

The OpenMMS Toolkit was developed to facilitate the use of macromolecular structure data by various scientific applications. In addition to a reference implementation that demonstrates the functionality of the OMG Corba specifications, the toolkit also contains software for parsing data files and for creating and loading a relational database.

Compiled and source-only distributions of OpenMMS are available at http://openmms.sdsc.edu/. Questions may be sent to info@rcsb.org.