I) Physics data representation

  1. Introduce uploaded file types (events, meta information, generator-config, generator-binary, other)
  2. Readjusting of physical process description
  3. Introduction of plus/minus errors

II) Integration of MCDB API improvements with CMSSW chain

  1. adoptation of LHEF format with HepML 0.2 for the automatic processing of meta information
  2. tracking of the necessary changes in the CMSSW development.

III) Storage system

  1. Add file checksum inspection
    • calculation before upload to Castor
    • readjusting file information in DB
    • add support to Web-interface
  2. Grid upload directly to article incoming directory on Castor
    1. provide author just a direct link to article's grid directory and allow to get file(s) from this directory using web-interface.

IV) Software

  1. Improve installation of the MCDB software (prefarrably as an RPM package) for better support and reinstallations in IT
    • distribution
    • setup scripts
    • modification of config-file parsing (use previously declared parameters in sequentional ones to simplify configuration process)
    • technical description for system adminitrator (based on MCDB installation guide)
  2. Improve mailing system
    • possibility to contact author/moderator directly from web pages of MCDB site
  3. Small changes to MCDB API
    • work with different XML-parsers
    • add operations with changed data structures (processes, cuts)
    • bug fixing
  4. Adopting software to use mod_perl to speed up server response and go forward to completely production operation
  5. Implement Log system of MCDB changes
  6. Distribute the developed software as an OpenSource project in HepForge

V) Web interface

a) Article displaying

  1. Fix styles for comments to articles (remove wide-stretch)
  2. Provide context links to navigate used object detailed descriptions (generator, model, etc.)
  3. Show both precise and rounded file size

b) Authoring interface

  1. Storage of incomplete articles (with publication prohibition)
  2. Support of concurrent work on articles
  3. Disunite physical process information (PDF, QCD); store separate process information for each article using standard set of predefined parameters (PDF, QCD, initial and final state, etc.)
  4. Support for disabling/enabling of HTML-code (enterd by author) in different parts of article body
  5. Implement more correct method of monitoring of file import/upload
  6. Filter possible displaying groups of physics according to choosen experiment

c) General issues

  1. Reduce all frames on MCDB pages to one
  2. Give more detailed error reports with further directions (for example, in case of insuccessfull authentication)
  3. Automatic conversion of article to PDF document

VI) Help and support

  1. Extention of user guide and context help
  2. Developers documentation on CERN TWiki
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