CATALOGUE INFORMATION AND STRAIN DATA OF THE MAJOR EC CULTURE COLLECTIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON-LINE FOR RESEARCH WORKERS, INDUSTRIALISTS AND OTHER USERS.
ULTIMATELY, THE PROJECT WILL LEAD TO A GREATER INTEGRATION OF EC CULTURE COLLECTIONS AND TO THEIR INCREASED COMPETITIVITY.
The MINE project was started to meet society's increasing need for up to date, rapidly accessible and authoratative information on microorganisms kept in culture collections. This need is particularly manifest for biotechnology. In this light, the European Economic Community (EEC) activated collections in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom (UK), to start a common information network, which has now been extended to collections in France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
The major result of this project is that agreement has been reached on storage of microbial data according to a common format. The information stored in important collections has now been formatted according to this system. Part of the local and national collections can be consulted online. The national collections in turn act as focal points for collections in the respective countries. The network has thus developed with many more participants than orginally stated. Integrated databases have been created for fungi and yeasts and for bacteria. Each of these databases contains catalogue and extended data from various national nodes.
REPRESENTATIVES OF CULTURE COLLECTIONS IN BELGIUM, GERMANY, PORTUGAL, FRANCE, ITALY, GREECE, SPAIN, THE NETHERLANDS AND THE UNITED KINGDOM WILL ESTABLISH A MICROBIAL INFORMATION NETWORK FOR EUROPE (MINE) DURING THE PERIOD 1986-1989.
THE NETWORK WILL CONSIST OF A CENTRAL DIRECTORY INTERFACED WITH REGIONALLY CO-ORDINATED DATABASES. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT ALL PUBLIC CULTURE COLLECTIONS IN COUNTRIES PARTICIPATING IN THE MINE PROJECT WILL BE REPRESENTED BY DATABASES CREATED BY THE CURATOR OF THE COLLECTION IN CONJUNCTION WITH TECHNICAL AND DATA ENTRY PERSONNEL AT THE REGIONAL DATABASE SITE.
INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT ON MAJOR SYSTEMS DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS IS REQUIRED AS FOLLOWS:-
1. COMPATIBLE HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE AT THE REGIONAL CENTRES, N.B. CMI (UK), VDSM (FRG) AND CBS (NETHERLANDS) OPERATE VAX HARDWARE WITH BATTELLE BASIS DBMS SOFTWARE. (AGREEMENT ON REGIONAL HARDWARE/SOFTWARE POLICY HAS BEEN ACHIEVED).
2. COMPATIBLE AND INTER-CHANGEABLE DATABASE FORMATS. THE USER OF MINE WILL EXPECT STANDARDISED DATA FORMATS THROUGHOUT ALL DATABASES AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC ACCESS IN THE NETWORK. DATA DEFINITIONS AND FORMATS ARE AGREED.
3. AGREEMENT ON INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION STRATEGY HAS BEEN ACHIEVED. MOST COLLECTIONS ARE CONNECTED THROUGH DIALCOM.
4. SETTING-UP A CENTRAL DIRECTORY WILL OCCUR MID 1987.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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