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Kenneth G. Kroenlein, Ralf Loewner, Willa Wang, Vladimir Diky, Thomas Smith, Chris D. Muzny, Robert D. Chirico, Andrei F. Kazakov, E. D. Sloan, Michael D. Frenkel


Gas Hydrates Markup Language (GHML) has been under development since 2003 by CODATA Task Group Data for Natural Gas Hydrates as an international standard for data storage and transfer in the gas hydrates community.  We will describe the final development of the standard and show examples of its implementation.  In describing the final standard we will concentrate on the most recent updates that have enabled us to include ThermoML, the widely used IUPAC XML standard for thermodynamic data, into the GHML schema for the representation of all gas hydrate thermodynamic data.  Also, a new GHML element for the description of crystal structures will be described.  We will then demonstrate a new tool - Guided Data Capture for Gas Hydrates - for the rapid capture of large amounts of data into GHML format.  This tool is a freely available and publicly licensed for use by any gas hydrate data producer or collector interested in standardizing to the GHML format.  The effort will be made to achieve a consensus between scientific journals publishing thermophysical and structural data for gas hydrates to recommend their authors to use this new software tool in order to generate the standardized data files at the time of the submission of scientific articles.  Finally, we will demonstrate how this format can be taken advantage of when accessing data from a web based resource by showing on-line access to GHML files for gas hydrates through a web service.  
Proceedings Title
6th International Conference on Gas Hydrates
Conference Dates
July 6-10, 2008
Conference Location
Vancouver, CA


database, data capture, data communication, gas hydrates, GHML, XML


Kroenlein, K. , Loewner, R. , Wang, W. , Diky, V. , Smith, T. , Muzny, C. , Chirico, R. , Kazakov, A. , Sloan, E. and Frenkel, M. (2008), STANDARDIZATION AND SOFTWARE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR GAS HYDRATE DATA COMMUNICATIONS, 6th International Conference on Gas Hydrates, Vancouver, CA, [online], (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created July 28, 2008, Updated February 17, 2017