• FIZ and the CCDC

    Every now and then the tectonic plates shift a little and realign. That which had been stable for years is briefly shaken and a new shape clicks into place.  For me today, here at the heart of structural chemistry, it feels a bit like one of those days. In a very good way, I should add!

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  • Working to make life easier for our depositors…

    In December last year it was with much excitement that we launched our new deposition portal to allow depositors to view and retrieve their deposited data. Since then I am very pleased to report that over 4,000 of you have registered to use this service and that the vast majority of feedback has been very positive. It is great to see the community benefitting from and using this new functionality so much already.

     

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  • Reflections from Hanoi & the 14th Conference of the Asian Crystallographic Association

    Last December, I had the good fortune to travel to Hanoi for the annual meeting of the Asian Crystallographic Association (AsCA).  I met many student researchers and enjoyed hearing about their work.  The CCDC sponsored prizes for the best student posters.  After the meeting, I caught up again with two of the winners and asked them to send along a summary of their experiences of the meeting.  It’s always a pleasure to hear from students who are so enthusiastic about crystallography, structural chemistry, and presenting their work at scientific meetings.  I share their impressions of AsCA2016 with you here...

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  • Simple 3D Printing from a Crystal Structure

    For those of you that have never tried to design and produce a 3D printed model of a chemical structure, start now! It’s surprisingly addictive, a lot of fun, and genuinely quite useful if you are looking for ideas to expand or improve your science communication whether that is in a public outreach setting, in education or in research. If you have already started 3D printing chemical structures, then I’m probably preaching to the converted, but the rest of this post may still give you some new ideas.

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  • Your deposited data is now just a click away

    We are pleased to announce the launch of our new web interface to allow you to view and retrieve your deposited data.

    This launch builds on our online deposition service used by over 10,000 depositors annually and provides you with a new way to log in and see your previously deposited structures.

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  • The First Pan-African Conference on Crystallography

    It was my extreme pleasure to be able to attend the first ever Pan-African conference dedicated to crystallography last month at the University of Dschang, Cameroon.  Nearly 200 crystallographers from around the world attended the meeting to present their work and to establish connections and collaborations throughout Africa.  Suzanna Ward and I were pleased to catch up with Françoise Amombo Noa in Dschang and hear more about her research.  Frequent visitors to the CCDC website and Facebook page may remember Françoise as one of the researchers responsible for our 750,000th structure – announced last summer.  Françoise was kind enough to send us some of her impressions of PCCr1 for inclusion in this blog…

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  • 2017 CSD Release: Better than Ever

    The 2017 CSD Release is now available for download from the CCDC website – if you haven’t already installed it, then hopefully this post will persuade you to do so right away! There is a whole range of improvements this year, both within the database itself and the software, but the overarching focus has been on improving the usability of the system based on feedback from you – our user community.

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  • Developing data discovery

    We are pleased to announce that a new pre-release version of our popular Access Structures service is now available. This free service has enhanced search functionality and interim results pages to help you find, access and navigate to the structures you want.

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  • Notes from the ACA

    This summer the CCDC was proud to award our first ACA Student Travel Award to graduate student Madushani Dharmarwardana of the University of Texas at Dallas.  Madushani was able to present her work in a talk in the prestigious Etter Early Career session.  She wrote this post for our CCDC blog sharing some of her experiences at the American Crystallographic Association’s annual meeting in Denver.

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  • The Winning #CSD3DPrint Model!

    If you’ve been following the CCDC on Twitter this year, you probably already know that we’ve been running our second annual #CSD3DPrint Twitter competition this summer and this contest officially ended on Thursday September the 22nd.

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