Anyone who has ever tried to enter screen information into a crystallization LIMS system will tell you it's not fun. Each screen vendor has its own format for screen formulations so you can't simply import text files. Ingredient names are often inconsistent from screen to screen, and critical information such as buffer titration data is not easily available. There is usually no information to specify what stocks are needed to reproduce a particular condition. Each customer should not have to hand-enter data into their LIMS system - it's a very error-prone process and should be done by the vendor. To solve these problems, Formulatrix has created Rock Maker XML - an XML-based file format for screen formulations and ingredient information.
Each screen condition contains the part number of stocks needed to reproduce the condition. Each screen file comes complete with detailed Ingredient information: harmonized names, aliases, CAS numbers, buffer data, and preparation notes. Several vendors have made their screens available in xml format on their websites. For those vendors who don't provide the files, we at Formulatrix have created files for direct download. Select a vendor on the left for further details.
Our intent is to make RMXML an open format that can be used free of charge, and we welcome its use by all. The only restrictions to the use of Rock Maker XML are defined in the following notice:
Rock Maker XML schema copyright (©) 2009 by Formulatrix, Inc., www.formulatrix.com
This XML file is generated according to the Rock Maker XML schema. Formulatrix grants you the license to freely use, generate and redistribute XML documents conforming to the Rock Maker XML schema PROVIDED