2018 marks the beginning of a shift in the release pattern for the CSD System – we are starting to provide our user community with the option to install smaller software updates more frequently. This approach to software development has been shown very clearly over the years to result in a better overall product for users.
We launched the latest version of our CSD web searching interface, WebCSD v2, during the summer of 2017. Since then, we’ve also added a range of new features to the interface including the ability to perform unit cell searches, structural similarity searches and included query highlighting. We’re keen to get further feedback from you, our user community, about the interface and how you think it should be developed in the future.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and that means it must be time for the annual CSD Release! The 2018 CSD Release is indeed now available for download from the CCDC website – do fetch the new installers if you haven’t done so already. This year’s release includes a range of improvements in the software as well as the data based on your feedback over the year, including one improvement that has been very frequently asked about in recent years.
We are delighted to announce that this week we have added some new functionality to our deposition services. Depositors are now able to link to raw data files and provide crystallographer details during deposition as well as revise their data more easily.
We are excited to announce a range of new features that have been introduced to WebCSD v2 – unit cell search, similarity search and query highlighting.
This year’s #CSD3DPrint Twitter contest saw many intricate and exciting entries come to life in the hands (and printers) of our contestants. Participants who tweeted photos of their 3D creations with the hashtag #CSD3DPrint were eligible for the contest. Entries were judged on the number of social media “engagements” (likes and retweets) and by a panel of expert judges. The winner will receive a $50 gift card for the Shapeways 3D printing service.
We are very pleased to announce the launch of new searching functionality within our CSD web interface for CSD licenced users.
It’s that time of year again, when thoughts turn to summer conferences and how exactly to present your complicated crystal structures to a large assembly of scientists. Just in time, then, that the CCDC announces our 3rd Annual #CSD3DPrint Twitter Contest!
Analysis of powder samples in both research and industrial contexts frequently involves studying complex multi-phase mixtures. The phase identification of these kinds of samples has now been made easier by a seamless integration of the world’s repository for small molecule organic and metal-organic crystal structures (the CSD).
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!