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Material Database Syndication with RSS


Toshihiro Ashino ,

Dept of Regional Development Studies, TOYO University, 1-1-1 Izumino, Itakura-machi, Ohra-gun, Gunma 374-0193 Japan
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Nobuto Oka

Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo, 5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8583 Japan
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Every material database on the Internet has a different data schema. There are some trial attempts to define unified schema for material databases, but since the structure of scientific data is very complicated and changes dynamically, defining a complete data schema is an impossible task. There are two major approaches for material data standards: one is MatDB, an attempt to define precise and detailed metadata, and the other is MatML, which only defines a framework. However, there is a third way: loose syndication, such as blogs with RSS. RSS, RDF Site Summary, or Really Simple Syndication, was developed to summarize document pages, but it can be extended to describe metadata of factual databases. In this presentation, an RSS extension for material database summaries is discussed.
How to Cite: Ashino, T. and Oka, N., 2007. Material Database Syndication with RSS. Data Science Journal, 6, pp.S847–S852. DOI:
Published on 12 Dec 2007.
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