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Report of requirements by other Research Infrastructures

Rosato, Antonio

This document reports on the requirements for the use of structural biology data expressed by other research infrastructures (RIs) not directly operating in the field of structural biology. We complemented this information with a survey addressed to the structural biology community and beyond, to the general biological community, to obtain a user’s perspective on this topic. RI representatives conveyed the need for innovative services that bridge structural information and the biomedical information that each RI is providing to its own reference communities. In parallel, individual researchers from the chemical, biological and biomedical communities expressed the need for tools that are more easily discoverable, better documented and affording a deeper comprehension of the quality of the underlying experimental data than currently available. In addition, the research community requested for improved reuse of structural data in complex scenarios such as modelling of biochemical events or in the interpretation of biological and functional information. This goes in the same direction as the aforementioned requirement of RI representatives that there should be tools that bridge structural information to other types of biomedically relevant information.

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