Evolution of an Interchange Specification for Mass Spectrometric Data

    Published: Jan 1994

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    The first version of the Analytical Instrument Association Data Interchange Specification for Mass Spectrometry was released in the second quarter of 1993. This specification has two components: a model which describes the information content of mass spectrometric experimental data sets and spectral libraries, and an implementation of the model as a programming tool kit in portable computer source code. This model and tool kit evolved during four years of discussions, proposals, reviews, and prototypes involving a large group of participants from the vendor and end-user communities. External resources and support, including the AIA, the ADISS Project, the Unidata Program Center, and the American Society for Mass Spectrometry were essential in identifying key technologies used in the specification and in providing a platform for promotion and discussion.


    mass spectrometry, data interchange, information model, computer software, netCDF, AIA

    Author Information:

    Stranz, D
    Senior Scientist and Manager, Fisons Instruments, Modesto, CA

    Campbell, S
    Senior Scientist and Manager, Fisons Instruments, Modesto, CA

    Christopher, R
    Management Quality Representative, Finnigan MAT, San Jose, CA

    Watt, J
    Senior Staff Engineer, PE Nelson, Cupertino, CA

    Zakett, D
    Senior Research Scientist, Dow Chemical Company, Analytical Labs Building 1897, Midland, MI

    Committee/Subcommittee: E49.08

    DOI: 10.1520/STP13235S

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