• How to get help with the CSD and CCDC software


    What do you do when you don’t know how to install the latest updates of the CSD? Or your software is not ‘responding’? Here we’ll cover the different ways to get help and advice. 

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  • Licensing updates

    Announcing a modern, highly flexible licensing system 

    The current licensing system for the CSD has served us well for over 20 years, but it is finally starting to show its age. It ties us in to a yearly release cycle and limits the components that we may individually licence. It comes from a time before virtual machines existed and is not fully compatible with the world of computers that we now live in. As such we are excited to announce a long overdue licensing system upgrade will be rolled out as part of our 2020.0 CSD release this December.

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  • Academic CSD and GOLD Licensees Get Free Access to All CCDC Software

    The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) announces an important upgrade to the software it provides to the academic user community worldwide.  For 2016 and going forward, all current annual academic licensees of the GOLD docking software or of the CSD System will receive a licence for the complete new CSD-Enterprise software suite at no extra cost. As a result all users covered by the licence will be able to use the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) and as many CCDC-released software products as they want.

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  • Collaboration between the CCDC and the IUCr Streamlines Crystallographic Data Deposition into the Cambridge Structural Database

    Cambridge, UK and Piscataway, NJ, USA

    The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) announces a new collaboration with the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) that has integrated checkCIF data validation into the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) deposition process.  The Crystallographic Information Framework (CIF), maintained by the IUCr, is the standard format used worldwide for representing crystallographic information. Combining checkCIF with deposition into the CSD has huge benefits for the scientific community, by further streamlining the workflows for crystallographers, authors, referees and publishers.

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  • Fragments and conformations from the CCDC’s Cambridge Structural Database accessible through Cresset’s Spark

    Cambridge, UK – 28 July 2015 – Cresset, innovative provider of computational chemistry software and services, announces the release of the new Spark CSD Fragment Database derived from the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre’s (CCDC) Cambridge Structural Database (CSD).
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  • Cambridge Structural Database Reaches 750,000 Entry Milestone

    Essential resource to scientists around the world reaches historic record

    Cambridge, U.K and Piscataway, NJ, USA, 12 December 2014. Today, the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) announced that over 750,000entries are now available to the scientific community through the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD). This unique, fully validated database, established in 1965, contains all small-molecule chemical structures ever published and is an essential resource to scientists around the world.
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  • New Version of enCIFer released

    The Cambridge Crystallographic Database Centre (CCDC) is delighted to announce the release of the newest version of enCIFer software. In case you are unaware, enCIFer is a freely available application for checking, editing, and visualising the contents of CIF files to ensure that they are fully format-compliant for deposition alongside publications or into the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) or other archives. This tool which is accessible through the CCDC website is one of a broad range of services provided for free to structural chemistry communities.
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  • Eleven more Countries adopt Cambridge Structural Database System National Provision

    Academia in 17 countries enjoy unlimited access to Cambridge Structural Database

    Cambridge, U.K and Piscataway, NJ, USA, 20 November 2014.Today, the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) announced that National Affiliated Centres covering Australia, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, FYR Macedonia, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden secured countrywide access granting all of their academic institutions unlimited and open use of the Cambridge Structural Database System. These agreements expand the CCDC’s national access initiatives to 17 countries adding to those already in place in Brazil, Israel, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Switzerland and South Africa. Through local and web applications, academic researchers and educators enjoy immediate access to the CSD, the definitive resource for experimental organic and metal-organic crystal structure information.
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  • CCDC opens US operations


    Piscataway, New Jersey, USA and Cambridge, UK; October 31st 2013

    The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) and the Center for Integrative Proteomics Research (CIPR) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey announce today that they have formed a new public-private partnership, which sees the CCDC establish operations in North America housed within the CIPR alongside the RCSB Protein Data Bank. Coincident with formation of this new partnership is the launch of CCDC Inc., which will serve the CCDC’s user communities across North America. The new CCDC organization will collaborate with scientists at the RCSB Protein Data Bank and the CIPR to develop and implement new integrated approaches to scientific discovery, working closely with academic and industrial partners.

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  • August CSD Data Update Available

    The third CSD data update for the 2012 release of CSDS v533/ConQuest 1.14, with 9686 new entries, is now available.

    This update can be obtained via the auto-update mechanism built into Mercury - to do so, start Mercury and select Help -> Check for Updates and follow the prompts to install. Alternatively, the update can be download from our download pages.

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