CSD Data Partnerships

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We understand the power of quality data, and strong collaborations.

That is why we have built partnerships with other trusted scientific data repositories around the world. Through these partnerships we want to ensure that CSD users, publishers and other interested parties can easily access relevant, quality data across platforms and providers to support their work.

We are proud to be a CoreTrustSeal certified data repository, and look to partner with organisations who understand the importance of high quality data as we do.

View CCDC’s CoreTrustSeal certification here.

This list details current advanced partnerships between the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) and other data repositories.

If you are interested in partnering with us please get in touch here.

We also partner with other software providers to allow scientists to access and use our data in a range of different ways. See a list of our software partners here.

CSD Data Partners


ChEMBL database logo

The ChEMBL database is home to 2D structures, calculated properties and abstracted bioactivities of small molecules. It houses over 1.9 million structures and is managed by EMBL-EBI, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute.

In 2020 the CCDC announced their partnership with ChEMBL as part of the BioChemGraph project.

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FIZ Karlsruhe, ICSD

FIZ Karlsruhe ICSD logo in EnglishFIZ Karlsruhe are the curators of the ICSD – the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database.

Since 2018 the CCDC and FIZ Karlsruhe have offered free, unified deposition of crystal structure data so that scientists and publishers can access quality data from both sources quickly and easily.

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ICDD logo International Centre for Diffraction Data

The International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD) manages the curation, publication and distribution of X-ray powder diffraction data.

In 2020 the CCDC and ICDD announced their partnership, which enables the ICDD to calculate and publish diffraction patterns (including atomic co-ordinates) from structures found in the CSD into the PDF-4/Organics database.

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Worldwide Protein Data Bank (PDB)

worldwide PDB protein data bank logo

The Worldwide Protein Data Bank (wwPDB) organization manages the PDB archive, the worldwide repository of information about the 3D structures of proteins, nucleic acids, and complex assemblies. It ensures that the PDB is freely and publicly available to the global community.

The CCDC has a long history of collaboration with the wwPDB members which include RCSB PDB, PDBj, BMRB, PDBe. One example of this can be seen in the PDB’s ligand validation pipeline for newly deposited structures which incorporates information from the CSD through Mogul.

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