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Looking for Measuring Instrument Specification Schema

From: Rowan Bradley <rowan.bradley@herbertgroup.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 11:04:57 -0000
Message-ID: <C76FF9D90863D9118631000D6137117C019E82@PC254>
To: xmlschema-dev@w3.org
I'm looking for an XML schema to describe the measuring performance of a
measuring instrument. This would need to include:

*	a list of functions and ranges that the instrument supports
*	for each function/range:

*	the physical property measured (e.g. voltage, weight, temperature)
*	the unit of measure (e.g. mV, kg, degrees K)
*	the minimum and maximum values on which the range will work
*	the resolution
*	the accuracy (with sub-elements for gain error, offset error,
linearity etc.)
*	any effect on the signal being measured (input impedance, for
*	some information about measurement speed
*	noise levels
*	autorange facilities

(not a complete list - to be general many other elements would have to be
The intention is to encode all of the information that you would usually
find on a data sheet for the instrument.
In principle, it should be possible to use a similar schema to encode
measurement requirements for a particular signal. A system could then select
from a library of instruments the one which was best able to measure this
A further extension could cover stimulus instruments (signal generators,
calibrators etc.).
I have done some searching for schemas of this sort, and found nothing that
seems totally relevant. If you know of anything that exists, or of anyone
working on a similar idea, or if you would be interested in such a schema,
please get in touch.
Thanks - Rowan
Received on Wednesday, 19 January 2005 11:08:56 UTC

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