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Layered Release is Coming
The PDB will shortly begin to use the 'Layered Release' protocol as part
of PDB's deposition procedure. This will allow for virtually immediate
release of entries onto the PDB Web server without PDB staff intervention.
A PDB ID code will be issued immediately, but the depositor can indicate
if the data are to be released right away (which the PDB will encourage),
upon publication of the accompanying article, or after an 'on-hold'
It should be noted that depositors will get immediate feedback at
deposition time from a series of validation programs used by the PDB,
which will help them to decide whether their data are actually suitable
for deposition, or indeed for publication, or still require further work.
An entry, which is considered ready by the depositor, will be referred to
as 'Layer-1' or 'author approved' entry.
Following this Layer-1 release, the PDB staff will process the entry in
the same way as at present. This processing will include standardization
of nomenclature, and, more importantly, data representation. Most of this
work covers issues not fully delegated to software at present. The
resulting entry, after author approval, will be loaded on the PDB server
as Layer-2. We strongly believe that such thorough checking and
annotation is essential for ensuring the long-term value of the data.
Layered Release has been described in the PDB Quarterly Newsletters, see
the Oct. 1997 and Jan. 1998 Newsletters at
http://www.pdb.bnl.gov/pdb-docs/newsletter.html. Documentation may be
found at our Web site as the documents "Validation for Layered Release"
(http://www.pdb.bnl.gov/pdb-docs/validation.html) and "List of Items
Mandatory for a Complete PDB Submission"
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