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Compatibility Review System (CRS)

Product Description

The Compatibility Review Software (CRS) is a tool to faciliate the administrative work required as part of Architecture and VCDE Workspace reviews to ensure that object models in development projects meet the caBIG® Compatibility Guidelines. This administrative work includes gathering documents, navigating to web pages, identifying specific data elements within the documentation, integrating comments from the review team into a cohesive document, and preparing the final report to the workspace.

Compatibility reviews follow a checklist and help ensure compatibility between projects when they are placed on caGrid. Some criteria can be evaluated with tools such as the UML Loader or Semantic Integration Workbench. Other criteria must be reviewed manually. The CRS tool reduces the amount of time reviewers must spend on administrative work and allows them to focus on ensuring that models meet the established guidelines and contain the most accurate semantic annotations as possible. The CRS tool leverages existing tools such as the CDE Browser and SIW, using a custom display and user interface specifically designed to facilitate the review process.

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Current Version

  • Current Version Number: 3.1
  • Release Date of Current Version: December 2008

Intended Audiences

Architecture Reviewers, VCDE Reviewers and Developers of caBIG-compatible tools

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Domain and Technical Information

  • Area of Focus: Other
  • Primary Workspace: VCDE
  • Currently caGrid Enabled?No
  • Compatibility Level: Legacy (Learn more about compatibility levels)
  • Tool Maturity Assessment Stable Release (Adoption in Progress)
  • Architecture Level:  Web Application, Enterprise System/Infrastructure - Server/Network Dependent,
  • Installation Level: Basic - Wizard or web browser application; minimal technical assistance required
  • System Requirements: 


    • Operating System: Windows, Mac
    • Browsers: Internet Explorer / Mozilla / Safari
    • Recommended Hardware: RAM - 2GB, Hard disk - 10GB, CPU speed - 2GHz