This is about the database distribution system:
>> Comment 5:
> The market is fairly small. In Europe, we have 26 EMBnet nodes mirroring the
> EMBL database, and presumably about 100 sites who care about updates. The
> recent referee's comment on a paper we submitted to XXXXX with respect to
> a new compression system was (quote) "Not many sites update their databases
> regularly over the Internet". This might be a guess on the low side but
> you will not be able to count on commercial providers to help you developing
> such a mechanism easily.
Do the EMBnets use this new software (? protocol) at the moment
(was this the one presented at a meeting in Chester UK?)
If so, is this software adaptable such that anyone who has a
hassel "customer" could ping the EBI periodically to see what it needs
(ie, can the customer tell the EBI that it is only interested in
EMBL and PRODOM but nothing else)? Do "customers" have to registered
at the site they are going to query or can they be entirely
If that's the case, then would a solution be for everyone to use this
system (ie, can the software deal with automatic updates into
different formats or is each site user going to have some shell for
each database transmitted).
I'm just curious...
birney at molbiol.ox.ac.uk