A Central Database Of Completed Projects

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A Central Database Of Completed Projects

Postby foldinguser12 » Sat Jan 04, 2014 1:06 am

I was reading an article about a UBC study recently (about the loss of data from surveys) and it made me ask the question: Is there any way to access the data ( Completed WU ) that the network has created? Is it stored in a central location? Is it just given to the scientists and then forgotten and possibly *gasp* deleted? :e?:

Also another question, just for curiosity, what type of file type is the data stored in?

Below is some of my suggestions for how the data could be made available for public "use". (This is assuming it already isn't or that there isn't some legal reason why it can't be public. I was jovial when writing this, so take it that way. :biggrin: feel free to point out any flaws in my suggestions. :biggrin:
My own opinion is that it should be available to the "public" because the data was created by the public. I have a few suggestions for this but I do not actually know how large the data is so it is difficult to speculate on much. The first idea would be as downloads (each protein its own file) on a server. This may not work because there may be a high number of downloads using a large amount of bandwidth and requiring a large server infrastructure. My second idea is that the data for each protein could be stored on a server with a limited bandwidth cap and available as a torrent download. This would put less strain on any server and because there would always be at least one server with the torrent seed the torrent would never be unavailable.

Also, if I'm just blind and can't find it even though it's available, feel free to get mad for wasting your time. :e)
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Re: A Central Database Of Completed Projects

Postby PantherX » Sat Jan 04, 2014 1:47 am

Welcome to the F@H Forum foldinguser12,

In short, the analyzed data is stored and is in the PB range (viewtopic.php?f=16&t=24750). I do believe that the data can be requested from Stanford if you are a researcher who is researching some similar proteins, etc.
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Re: A Central Database Of Completed Projects

Postby bruce » Sat Jan 04, 2014 2:14 am

Welcome to foldingforum.org, foldinguser12.

There are many technical problems with making multiple PBs of data available for download. (Follow PantherX's link to Kasson's post). Though the data may be officially available, I'd think you'd have to make special arrangements for a rational way to transfer the data to wherever you could store it.

The website does have a list of scientific papers which have been accepted for publication. You'd probably learn more by reading those papers than obtaining the raw data -- unless you want to replicate (and extend) some of the analysis that has already been done.
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Re: A Central Database Of Completed Projects

Postby foldinguser12 » Sat Jan 04, 2014 4:52 pm

Thanks for your quick and helpful replies :)
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Re: A Central Database Of Completed Projects

Postby VijayPande » Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:49 pm

We've been looking into different ways to make this available. I think our work with SDR will be the ultimate way to distribute the data. Here's the link
http://library.stanford.edu/blogs/digit ... oldinghome
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Re: A Central Database Of Completed Projects

Postby Nathan_P » Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:41 pm

Just curious, how much data is there?
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