The C2M project: a wrapper generator for chemistry and biology


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van der Vet, P.E. and Mossel, E. (2004) The C2M project: a wrapper generator for chemistry and biology. In: Sharing knowledge: scientific communication, 10-13 March 2003, Osnabrück.

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Abstract:Modern science relies on the availability of resources accessible over the web. Each resource
uses its own format, among other things because science is highly dynamic and tasks change
frequently. In other words, format multiplicity is a fact of life. Data interoperability relies on
the presence of wrappers. The C2M project aims to build a system that supports quick and
easy generation of lightweight wrappers by providing a language in which formats can be
specified. Because the project was originally aimed at chemical applications, the name “C2M”
is a chemical formula-like abbreviation of “chemical configurable middleware”. For reasons
of exposition, we will be looking at a simple chemical format in this paper. C2M can be
succesfully applied in other domains as well. The C2M language has been designed to be easy
to learn and use, yet it is sufficiently formal to allow unambiguous description of formats.
There is a provision for including documentation, and in fact specification writers are
encouraged to do so copiously. Underlying the design of the C2M language is the intuition
that there is such a thing as language ergonomics.
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