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    CSD Heroes: H.-K.Fun

    Our second CSD Hero is H.‑K.Fun, currently 9th in our annual CSD author statistics! We would like to thank Fun for his contribution by highlighting some key facts drawn from data in the CSD! 

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    CSD Heroes: A huge thank you to Seik Weng Ng

    In the year that the CSD hit one million structures we wanted to highlight and thank some of the most prolific contributors to the database. The first person in this series we would like to recognise is Seik Weng Ng.  He is currently 10th in our annual CSD author statistics and so we wanted to thank him for his contribution by doing what we do best – exploring the CSD! 

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    The past, the present, the future

    We are delighted to announce that today we have launched our new logo as part of our plans to refresh our visual identity.

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    Insights into drug-like compounds from crystal data

    As the size of the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) has just passed one million structures, it seems an appropriate time to look at some of the applications of this ever-growing resource. Whilst the CSD is certainly useful as a central record of past data collections, perhaps the more significant benefits are the insights that can be gained from looking at this mass of data as a whole. In this blog, I’ll show some examples of what can be discovered from statistics generated from the CSD when looking at drug-like compounds. A paper written by CCDC colleagues with researchers from Pfizer and AstraZeneca (Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Volume 108, Issue 5, 2019, Pages 1655-1662, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xphs.2018.12.011) gives an in-depth statistical analysis of drug compounds in the CSD.

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    A million thanks

    Today marks a huge milestone in structural chemistry – the sharing of one million organic and metal-organic crystal structures, an achievement of which the entire community should be extremely proud! The creation of the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) to share and distribute these structures is truly a team effort. Crystallographers worldwide deposit their data with us and our team of Deposition Coordinators and Scientific Editors here in Cambridge curate and enhance their structures into the database.

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    Enhanced protein handling and tailored searching

    We are pleased to announce the latest update of the CSD software including enhanced protein handling features throughout the CSD portfolio and greatly improved searching capabilities in the CSD Python API.

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    CSD Annual Statistics Now Available!

    Did you know that every year we generate a range of annual statistics based on the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD)?  These allow us to see how the CSD is evolving and provide some insights into the direction small molecule structural chemistry is headed.

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    More reasons to share your data as a CSD Communication!

    In recent years, CSD Communications has grown to be one of the most popular methods for publishing structural data among the crystallographic community with more than 15,000 CSD Communications published in the last 5 years and 28,000 published overall since the 1980s. This represents a formidable amount of structural data which without CSD Communications may never have been made available to the scientific community. To promote the benefits which this wealth of crystallographic data can offer to the research community, the CCDC has therefore recently been working to make CSD Communications more convenient to publish, access and cite.

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    Fun with Crystals at the Cambridge Science Festival

    This year the CCDC decided to participate in the Cambridge Science Festival. The Cambridge Science Festival is two weeks of organised science outreach events available to the general public.  This year marks the 25th anniversary of the festival; that’s 25 years of providing the public with the opportunity to explore and discuss science as well as inspiring young people to consider a career in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering or maths).  The programme included debates, talks, exhibitions, workshops, interactive activities, films, comedy and performance, all held in lecture theatres, museums, cafes and galleries around Cambridge.[1]

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    In (crystallographic) data we trust?

    Data integrity investigations at the CCDC 

    The integrity of the data within the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) is of great importance to the CCDC and, no doubt, to the many scientists across the world that use the CSD as part of their research. The CSD is a trusted repository of crystallographic data and as such we are taking a pro-active approach to ensuring the data that we store is both trustworthy and consistent, enabling scientists to find and utilise the best data for their research. Our overall aim is to be able to help depositors, peer reviewers and wider users of the CSD identify the quality and integrity of the data and to ensure, as far as possible, that there are no cases of fraud or plagiarism within the CSD.

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