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Database description framework
As part of the remit of CASIMIR to develop and disseminate standards for mouse informatics, a cross-workpackage discussion in conjunction with the ENFIN project has developed a series of “benchmarks” or “characteristics” for databases which will allow the easy and standardised capture of key technical and scientific information about databases relevant to mouse functional genomics. The aim of this is to provide investigators with a ready summary of the resources associated with the database and informaticians with the key technical information to access the data and come to an informed position on data quality, structure and scope. The aim is not to make “value judgements” on the database. What is useful or relevant for some databases need not be so for others, and each database needs to be assessed in terms of its own remit and user community. The aim of the benchmark stars is to reflect the degree of complexity or sophistication of the operation at a glance. This may be an inappropriate way to “score” databases and we would welcome suggestions as to how we might “score” in a clearly non-judgmental way.
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