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   DTD/Schema for biological/biomedical datasets

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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 colleagues.
I am aware of a few DTDs, but I'm not sure if any would fit:
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.
Karen R. Harker, MLS
UT Southwestern Medical Library
5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX  75390-9049


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