This project supersedes the Materials Data Centre, a JISC-funded initiative to build a model for materials engineers to publish their experimental data online.
The HDC can support data from any discipline, not just engineering. The model uses a combination of a flexible, user specifiable and compoundable metadata database connected to a generic data store, in this case a file system. The architecture permits: the
storage and sharing of any data files, limited in size only by the file system; the ability for users to define their own metadata and metadata structures; and relationships between data sets to be defined.
The following is a list of the components for the Heterogeneous Data Centre:
- Metadata database
- File/Database Synchronisation Service
- SharePoint GUI
This is described in the