• An ACS Symposium - One Million Crystal Structures: A Wealth of Structural Chemistry Knowledge

    In recognition of the rapidly approaching milestone of one million crystal structures shared through the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD), we are involved in the organization of a symposium at the Fall 2019 ACS meeting in San Diego (@AmerChemSociety) that aims to highlight the insights that can be derived from a collection of data such as the CSD. With the abstract deadline for the symposium fast approaching (18th March) we thought it was the ideal time to tell you a bit more about the CSD and the symposium and encourage you to consider contributing to this session and helping us to mark #CSD1Million.

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  • Datasets, Data Citation and DOIs

    As announced in our DOI press release we are delighted to be now assigning Digital Object Identifier (DOIs) to datasets of crystal structures deposited with CCDC. You may be familiar with the use of DOIs alongside article citations. These provide a persistent link that is guaranteed to take you to a page that provides metadata associated with an article and invariably a link to the article itself. Assigning an identifier such as a DOI reflects a desire for published content to be easily discoverable for the long term. CCDC believes that just as articles are worthy of citation, so too are the datasets that represent the primary output of the crystallographic community. We are not alone in this view as is evidenced by the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles (http://www.force11.org/datacitation) to which CCDC fully subscribes. These principles recognise the importance of data as a citable product of research for which credit and attribution is due. They also highlight attributes such as unique identification, access, persistence, versioning and interoperability which assigning DOIs can help facilitate.
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