I am a Web Developer/Librarian at UT Southwestern Medical
Center Library in Dallas. The center will be conducting a large number of
studies regarding bioterrorism in the near future (grant proposals are
going out now) and I am considering proposing a project to provide a
central repository for the datasets.
We have just purchased a portal system (ENCompass) that
organizes and searches resources using any DTD/Schema that is appropriate for
that resource, and I would like to use that as the structure. Since I
don't want to re-invent the wheel, I would like to know if somebody is aware of
a DTD or schema that has been developed for these objects, and if so, which
would be the best to use. The primary purpose I envision would be to store
datasets (most likely after the data has been gathered, but before publication
of results), easily find and download datasets based on such parameters as
topics, objectives, hypotheses, animal models, exposures, etc., relate
datasets with biomedical literature, and to share preliminary results with
I am aware of a few DTDs, but I'm not sure if any would
DDI - for social science & economic research
HDF5 - used by NCSA, but mostly on astrophysics
Tissue micro array DTD - uses DC, Gene Ontology, RDF,
and a self-referenced TMA - is particular to tissue slides.
Admittedly, I am only in the environmental scanning stage (who
has done what) but I have not found much information. I would like to be more
knowledgeable before I approach the big-wigs.
Thank you very much for your assistance.