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    A year of data at the CCDC

    We started 2020 with a lot of excitement and expectations. After all, we had just achieved a major milestone with the millionth structure in our database, and an additional 60K entries by the end of 2019. We were all geared up with new strategies and plans to tackle the data that would start pouring in in 2020. And yes, we did have a lovely busy start. Little did we know 2020 had plans which none of us could have fathomed. By early March it was "crystal" clear that 2020 had made up its mind to make things difficult for all of us!

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    New Year, New Data Resolutions!

    It’s a new year and we are planning our CSD Improvements for the upcoming year. Some of us may have already broken our resolutions (oops), but here at CCDC we have resolved to keep improving the database in 2021.

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    A new year brings greater accessibility

    As we kick off the new year, we are delighted to announce the launch of a new workflow with the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) aimed at improving the accessibility of structural data. This initiative forms part of our overall strategy to improve structural data publication processes and ensure data is seamlessly made available through the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD). ACS Publications are a key partner for us and the workflow has already been successfully adopted by Crystal Growth & Design,  Inorganic ChemistryOrganic Letters, Organometallics and more recently The Journal of Organic Chemistry (JOC).

     

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    The winners of the 2020 CSD 3D Print Contest

    This year we hosted the 5th edition of the CCDC Annual 3D Print Contest. Due to the pandemic, we held the competition later than in the previous years, running for two months from September 16th to November 16th. Despite the difficulties of getting to the labs this year, we got some beautiful entries for the 2020 edition. In this blog we will announce you the winner and hear the story of the winning structure. And don’t forget: the 3D print file had to be prepared in Mercury! And without further ado,  we are delighted to announce that the winner is…

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    CSD-Educators: the CCDC Virtual Workshops Experience

    For this CSD Educators blog we wanted to share with you our experience hosting our first CCDC Virtual Workshops. The CCDC Virtual Workshops are interactive live sessions aimed at training our community remotely in using the CSD Software, and we launched the first series of three 90-minutes sessions in November 2020. We wanted to deliver a proper workshop, where you had the chance to try exercises yourself, ask us your questions, discuss together the issues you encounter and interact with us. After much thinking, planning and experimenting, we brought to you the CCDC Virtual Workshops.

    In this blog you will read more about the format, the numbers, and what we have learnt from this experience.

     

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    2020.3 Release - Introducing New IsoStar Groups

    We've added a range of new central groups and contact groups to IsoStar in the 2020.3 CSD Release.

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    CSD-Core - Redefining the heart of the CSD Software Portfolio

    Our central suite for data search and visualisation is now called CSD-Core - and we wanted to explain why we've made this change.

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    New data and improvements - 2020.3 CSD Data Release

    We are delighted to announce the launch of the 2020.3 CSD Data Release containing 1,097,619 entries and 1,076,290 unique structures. This is an increase of over 63,000 entries this year and alongside the new data around 35,000 existing entries have been improved and enhanced through our annual CSD Improvements programme.

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    Our core values helping us through challenging times

    We are living in unprecedented times.  The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all of our lives, and we are beginning to understand what it means for how we live and work.  With a new year on our doorstep, we look at what we have achieved in the past months and consider our plans for the future.

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    CSD-Educators: Michael Zdilla Professor at Temple University

    It is my pleasure to welcome Professor Michael Zdilla from Temple University as our guest for the third blog of the CSD Educators series. In his journey through crystallography teaching, Mike has created the Database for Educational Crystallographic Online Resources (DECOR), which we now host here at the CCDC. In its creator’s words, “DECOR is the world’s first online repository of shared teaching materials for crystallographic education. The site has an array of downloadable visual aids, animations, homework problems, and links to online courses and software downloads. DECOR is a resource for anyone in search of teaching tools for development of a new course for crystallography, augmentation of existing courses, or the pursuit of an informal education in crystallography and diffraction.”

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