• Jack Dunitz, the CSD and thermal ellipsoids

    Jack Dunitz is a well-known chemist and chemical crystallographer with an extraordinary research history in structural chemistry. A recurring theme in Jack’s research has been use of crystal structure analysis to study chemical problems such as molecular conformation, reaction paths, intermolecular interactions, molecular motion in solids and solid-state reactions. It is not surprising therefore, given his research history, that Jack has long had a close connection with both the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) and the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC). Not only has Jack been a staunch supporter and frequent user of the CSD, he was also one of the inaugural Governors of the CCDC when the centre was first established as an independent, not-for-profit organisation and served on the board from 1987-1999.

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  • Keeping up the pace of change

    We announced in February a substantial change to our software release pattern with a target of four software releases during 2018, rather than the usual single release around November time. This shorter development and release cycle allows us to be more responsive to user feedback as well as helping to ensure a continuously improving and stable software system. This current update is our second software release of the year (2018 CSD Release Update 2) with two more planned in the second half of 2018.

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  • The #CSD3DPrint Contest is Back

    We’re happy to announce the start of our 4th Annual #CSD3DPrint Twitter contest.  Just in time for the start of summer, our popular 3D printing contest kicks off again today.  To participate, simply create a 3D printed model using Mercury and your 3D printer of choice.  Snap a photo of the model and tweet it with the hashtag #CSD3DPrint.

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  • Full screen 3D viewer in WebCSD & Access Structures

    Alongside our web interface to access the CSD (Access Structures/WebCSD) we recently launched a web page where you can log in and vote on what features you’d like to see added or improved in the interface. The first of these directly user-driven improvements via the WebCSD Ideas voting page is the ability to expand the 3D visualiser to full screen which is now available to all users in our free Access Structures service as well as WebCSD.

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  • More frequent CSD software releases

    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. 

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  • WebCSD v2 - What should we improve next?

    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.

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  • 2018 CSD Release: Ellipsoids and data mining

    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.

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  • New functionality now available to depositors

    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.

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  • WebCSD v2 developing even further

    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.

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  • We have a #CSD3DPrint contest winner!

    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.

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