Operation of the Australian Store. Synchrotron for macromolecular crystallography

Grischa R. Meyer, David Aragão, Nathan J. Mudie, Tom T. Caradoc-Davies, Sheena Mcgowan, Philip J. Bertling, David Groenewegen, Stevan M. Quenette, Charles S. Bond, Ashley M. Buckle, Steve Androulakis

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The Store.Synchrotron service, a fully functional, cloud computing-based solution to raw X-ray data archiving and dissemination at the Australian Synchrotron, is described. The service automatically receives and archives raw diffraction data, related metadata and preliminary results of automated data-processing workflows. Data are able to be shared with collaborators and opened to the public. In the nine months since its deployment in August 2013, the service has handled over 22.4TB of raw data (∼1.7million diffraction images). Several real examples from the Australian crystallographic community are described that illustrate the advantages of the approach, which include real-time online data access and fully redundant, secure storage. Discoveries in biological sciences increasingly require multidisciplinary approaches. With this in mind, Store.Synchrotron has been developed as a component within a greater service that can combine data from other instruments at the Australian Synchrotron, as well as instruments at the Australian neutron source ANSTO. It is therefore envisaged that this will serve as a model implementation of raw data archiving and dissemination within the structural biology research community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2510-2519
Number of pages10
JournalActa Crystallographica Section D: Structural Biology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2014


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