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    Countdown to 1 million

    The recent August update to the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) brought the total number of entries in the database to over 950,000, meaning the next big milestone will be 1 million. This is a huge achievement of the crystallographic community, and in the months leading up to this milestone we’ll be demonstrating the value that can be gained from this crystal data and looking to what can be accomplished in the future.

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    CSD updates: Hitting our stride

    We have now reached our third software and data update of 2018 as part of our push towards more frequent releases and we are now beginning to hit our stride. Many of the internal systems we have for software releases have now been significantly improved and streamlined due to this approach and we are able to get new developments and improvements out to users much more quickly than ever before. This release includes more significant work on the underlying technology within the CSD system, but we have also been able to include some improvements elsewhere within the CSD software.

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    Promoting Data Sharing

    You may not realise it, but this is an exciting time for crystallographic data sharing and publishing! Inspired by the changes of recent years in research and scholarly communications, the scientific community is currently transforming how research data is stored, shared and published, with the objective of making all data more openly accessible. This is most definitely the case for crystallographic data, which here at the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC), we work to make freely accessible to the scientific community via our Access Structures service. In this blog, I will outline the new frameworks and initiatives shaping the future landscape of open scientific research data, which will no doubt influence how crystallographic data will be managed in the future.

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    The best way to publish your data?

    You may not have yet heard about CSD Communications. Or you may have known them as they were previously recognized by the community: Private Communications. If you are one of our depositors we may have asked you if you would like your unpublished data to be included in the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) as one. If you use the CSD for your research then you may have found the answers you were looking for by using a unique structure or refinement, shared with the community as a CSD Communication, that otherwise would have remained unpublished, confidential and unknown.

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    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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