Anti-doping body creates international database

A Canadian team is setting up a Web-based database tool that will help athletes from around the globe comply with the World Anti-Doping Code.

Selected stakeholders will be able to access the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System

(ADAMS) starting in mid-May of this year, before it is available to some 400 organizations by 2006. ADAMS will facilitate the collection and sharing of athletes’ whereabouts and provide a clearinghouse for anti-doping information and a database to coordinate and plan drug testing. The project is being managed by the Montreal-based World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which was created six years ago by the International Olympic Committee to support and promote “”fundamental values”” in sports — specifically, to discourage the use of illegal substances. 

Last year the World Anti-Doping Code was implemented by sports organizations prior to the Olympic Games in Athens. ADAMS project manager Karam Birdi said using the system will be voluntary, but the organization wants to make sure athletes and sporting organizations have every opportunity to submit information that would adhere to anti-doping standards.

— Shane Schick

Space Agency gives storage the test flight treatment

The Canadian Space Agency is testing software that will allow it to back up heterogeneous data on disks of its network attached storage devices.

A server has been set up to assess the effect of EMC’s Legato Networker on the Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA) firewalls, which has a number of backup ports, according to the organization’s Unix and storage system manager, Robert Dominique. Deployment should follow a few days after the security check has been completed, he said.

The CSA has been working to improve its storage management capabilities since 1998, when it began consolidating the various pieces of infrastructure from many government departments that formed the agency in 1985.

The latest version of Networker, which was announced earlier this week, includes the ability to multiplex, clone or stage data streams based on Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP), a standard co-developed by EMC.

— Shane Schick

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