(Artwork thanks to Andrea Sharpe at the IUCr in Chester, UK)
The Internet has become central in obtaining up to date information and scientific software. Laboratories in countries that are either not connected to the internet, or have only partial email links are at a major disadvantage. While it may only take minutes for crystallographers connected to the internet to obtain the latest versions of both old and new software, scientists not connected to the internet do not have this luxury. Thus a challenge exists to bridge the gap between the information rich who have good internet connectivity and those who don't.
The central idea of Crystallographic Nexus is to use CD-ROM technology to extend relevant parts of the crystallographic Internet to laboratories that do not have full connectivity to the internet.
A poster presented on using CD-ROMs such as this was presented at the Chem Webmaster 3
meeting in July, 1997 at Oxford University, England, titled:
Canning the Internet for Third World Laboratories: Scientific Nexus CD-ROMs in Crystallography and Alife for Remote Scientists, L.M.D. Cranswick, (http://www.unige.ch/crystal/stxnews/nexus/chmweb97/index.htm)
An invited talk on the Xtal Nexus CD was given at ECM98 (European Crystallography Meeting) in August 16th to 20th, 1998 in Prague, Czech Republic, titled "Canning the Crystallographic Internet: Nexus CD-ROM for Scientists Isolated From the Information Super Highway".