The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee under English law. Such a company has no share capital and no shareholders, and operates in a not-for-profit manner. The CCDC is registered in England as Company Number 2155347. The registered office is at 12 Union Road, Cambridge CB2 1EZ.
The CCDC is financially self-supporting, recovering its costs from:
- Contributions from academia and industry for access to the Cambridge Structural Database System - the worldwide repository for small-molecule crystal structures
- Revenue from sales and maintenance agreements for other software products in the life sciences and crystallography
- Occasional grants from industry and other sources to support specific software developments or research projects
- Consultancy in the form of contract research, solutions consultancy or training
The CCDC also has charitable status as Registered Charity Number 800579 granted by the Charity Commission for England and Wales. This is in recognition of the scientific objectives of the organisation, and ensures that all income earned by the company is applied for the benefit of science.
The CCDC is guided and overseen by an international Board of Trustees, comprising principally of distinguished scientists drawn from a variety of relevant disciplines, but with some Board members having legal and financial expertise. The CCDC Trustees are appointed for 4-year terms. No trustee may serve for more than two consecutive terms.