What is StarDOM?StarDOM is a software package to transform data given in the STAR format into XML. This is achieved by transferring the data tree inherent in a STAR file to a Document Object Model. So far , the main application has been to mirror NMR data deposited at the BioMagResBank.
Have a look at our overview page about STAR and XML in general.
An article describing StarDOM has been published as
An overview presentation can be found here.
The core functionality of StarDOM is implemented in a package written in the Python programming language. It relies on an implementation of the Document Object Model (DOM). Currently, there are two DOM implementations freely availabe for noncommercial purposes: 4DOM is the implementation of FourThought which adheres closely to the W3C DOM recommendation, whereas the implementation provided by the Python XML-special interest group (XML-SIG) lends itself to easier programmatic manipulation of the DOM objects.
StarDOM is written in a way which allows the use of either package. As the 4DOM implementation can be used to access DOM objects as CORBA servers, the additional effort in programming might be worth it if you plan to create distributed data repositories.
Right now, the current implementation has the following limitations:
Visual data representation and editing editing
With the advent of next generation web browsers or dedicated XML viewers/editors, the data can be navigated and edited by directly manipulating the inherent treelike structure. For some example screenshots of using the Xeena editor, please look here.