• Electron Diffraction Data in the CSD

    In recent years, we have noticed an increase in the number of structures deposited to the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) that are measured with electron diffraction techniques. As of the beginning of 2020, approximately 50 electron structures have been added to the CSD. Since this field of research is rapidly developing, we thought it timely to investigate all the electron studies in the database to ensure they can be easily located and have worked to identify any structures that were missed during the initial data curation process.

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  • Building a complete picture

    Completeness is an important measure of data integrity and is essential to capture all relevant information about an experiment. This also helps ensure research data is FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable). With this in mind, CCDC is investigating the completeness of the crystallographic data we hold in our archive. The aim of this investigation is to identify the trends in the information submitted to us, highlight where data is missing and work to enable the capture of any absent information during deposition to prevent the loss of valuable metadata in the future. This blog will highlight some of our initial findings.

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  • In (crystallographic) data we trust?

    Data integrity investigations at the CCDC 

    The integrity of the data within the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) is of great importance to the CCDC and, no doubt, to the many scientists across the world that use the CSD as part of their research. The CSD is a trusted repository of crystallographic data and as such we are taking a pro-active approach to ensuring the data that we store is both trustworthy and consistent, enabling scientists to find and utilise the best data for their research. Our overall aim is to be able to help depositors, peer reviewers and wider users of the CSD identify the quality and integrity of the data and to ensure, as far as possible, that there are no cases of fraud or plagiarism within the CSD.

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