Unix-SPIRES Collaboration

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Information Services, M.S. 82
2575 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, California U.S.A. 94025-7090

Unix-SPIRES Participation

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The purpose of this non-profit project to use and develop Unix-SPIRES is to continue some of the most valuable features of the former Stanford-based (mainframe) SPIRES Consortium such as the latest version of the underlying SPIRES database management system, mutual assistance, and further development.

More information about the nature of Unix-SPIRES as well as further technical details and a history of mainframe SPIRES is available from the Unix-SPIRES home page.


Unix-SPIRES is maintained by the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center Library and is available to institutions who are active in the SPIRES-HEP database community, to other members of the Department of Energy complex, and to other non-profit institutions who would find the application useful and would join with SLAC in funding co-development efforts.

Institutions wishing to join with SLAC should read the remainder of this document for an explanation of the benefits and costs, and then contact:
Ann M. Redfield, Unix-SPIRES Coordinator
Information Services
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
2575 Sand Hill Road, MS 82
Menlo Park, California 94025-7090

Cost Recovery

The collaboration has been in operation since 1995 and has successfully implemented Unix-SPIRES at a wide variety of institutions. We are evolving future plans and needs. New participants will have an opportunity to shape these future plans.

First-Year Cost Recovery Assessment

We have developed a first-year cost for participation that provides also some expert assistance for installation and migration of data, sub-routines, etc., from mainframe to Unix-SPIRES. First time site installation cost recovery is $10,000 (US) and provides the participating institution the following:

Continuing-Year Participation Cost Recovery Assessment

Institutions wishing to continue using the Unix-SPIRES compiled code must retain their active participant status in the Unix-SPIRES project on an annual basis. There are two levels of annual participation depending upon the database(s) size and the number of applications that will be using Unix-SPIRES. Because SLAC is non-profit, and desires to simply recover the ongoing costs for development, maintenance, and support, the costs of participation have been kept as low as possible. Determination of the appropriate cost to be paid SLAC will be on the honor system.
  1. Continued Participation at a Standard Level:
    A standard participation cost recovery assessment after the first year will be $6,500 (US) annually and will permit the continued use of Unix-SPIRES with upgrades and fixes for twelve more calendar months. Standard participation is defined as an installation running either a large database requiring unlimited searching updating and development or one which is running more than one database (Unix-SPIRES files). Institutions which become standard-level participants in the first year will receive, at no additional cost, a production version of the Web interface.

    Institutions which are SPIRES-H(igh)E(nergy)P(hysics) Databases Mirror Sites must elect to continue participation at the Standard Level.

  2. Continued Participation at a Restricted Level:
    Restricted participation at a reduced amount is available to institutions needing a Unix-SPIRES database management system for a single, small SPIRES database. An example of restricted participation might be a single bibliographic file which is not under heavy growth and development and which has a modest user base and a single developer. The annual cost of continuing Unix-SPIRES participation at a restricted participant level is $3,500 (US).

    This level of participation would entitle the institution to the continued use of the current Unix-SPIRES installation with no upgrades but with any essential fixes for twelve more calendar months. While intended for a single database with limited size, maintenance, development, and use, the restricted-level participation permits unlimited search access to the database by a modest user base. Significantly increased database development, growth, or use, or the need to develop additional databases (Unix-SPIRES files), would require notification of SLAC in writing and the payment of an additional $3,500 (US) for that year. At the restricted-participant level, consulting help is limited.

Joining Unix-SPIRES

Institutions can participate in the Unix-SPIRES project by signing a Memorandum of Understanding and Appendix A with the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. For further information, please contact Pat Kreitz at pkreitz@slac.stanford.edu or call her at (650) 926-4385.

Responsibilities of Participants

  1. Participants may run one installation of the compiled code for the site-use(s) agreed to in the MOU.
  2. Restricted level participants must ensure their use does not violate the spirit of the restricted-level definition. If their use expands beyond that originally anticipated, they must notify SLAC in writing and pay the full fee for standard level participation.
  3. Participants agree not to redistribute Unix-SPIRES and associated material or programs within their institution or to third parties without the written consent of SLAC. Stanford University has intellectual property rights in Unix-SPIRES as well as in SPIRES. SLAC, as part of Stanford University, is the sole distributor of Unix-SPIRES.
  4. Members agree to share their expertise and any locally-developed Unix-SPIRES enhancements and tools with participating members.


Unix-SPIRES and its components were developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Government and Stanford University. Neither the U.S. Government, nor the U.S. Department of Energy, nor Stanford University, nor their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any liability or responsibility for accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any software, information, product or process disclosed, or represents that its use will not infringe privately- owned rights. Mention of any product, its manufacturer, or suppliers shall not, nor is it intended to, imply approval, disapproval, or fitness for any particular use. The U.S. Government and Stanford University at all times retain the right to use and disseminate the furnished items for any purpose whatsoever.

Further Information

  1. Unix-SPIRES Home Page
  2. Unix-SPIRES Technical Information
  3. Unix-SPIRES Discussion List
  4. Future needs and plans

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Last updated: 8 March 2005
Unix-SPIRES Staff Travis Brooks and Michael Sullivan