Developments in computer technologies offer exciting opportunities for new distributed tools and applications in various fields of physics. The convenient and reliable exchange of data is clearly an important component of such applications.
In October 2003, development of a new XML-based standard for exchange of atomic, molecular, and particle-solid-interaction data was proposed at the IAEA Data Centre Network meeting (DCN). At the same time, similar needs were recognized by other researchers, in particular, within the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA). This led to an international collaboration project currently including the following institutions: IAEA, NIST (USA), ORNL (USA), University Pierre et Marie Curie (France), Observatoire de Paris (France), and RFNC-VNIITF (Russian Federation). The goal of this project is to develop an XML Schema for Atoms, Molecules and Solids (XSAMS).
The working group meets twice a year to review progress and to discuss scientific and technical aspects of XSAMS development. Progress is reported at various international meetings, such as the ICAMDATA conference. The collaboration is open to additional participants.
The first release of XSAMS v.0.1 was in September 2009.