Since the first data was collected at Diamond, every effort has been made,with help from members of STFC who contribute to facilities service, to cataloguing and archiving every file - excluding industrial data.
In March 2013, a significant milestone was achieved with the amount of data catalogued breaking the 0.5 Petabyte (500,000,000 Megabytes) mark which equates to over 150 million individual files. Current data rates are close to 1TB (terabyte) a day during a run and a single copy of the files are archived onto tape, exploiting technology that was originally developed for storing data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in CERN.
Diamond’s user community can access their raw data via a web interface . This portal is being developed as part of an European wide initiative to provide a single point of access to data from multiple facilities as part of the EU funded PanDATA ODI initiative.
New ways of accessing information in Diamond data are also being developed, as demonstrated by the release of the first version of SynchLink, an iPhone/iPad app. SynchLink was developed by a Diamond summer student based in Oxford in collboration with our in-house team and can be used for accessing information collected and processed on Diamond MX beamlines.
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