Crystallography Open Database
You were ~1300 signing YES to the petition for open data in crystallography (5 signing NO). The COD Advisory Board wishes to thank you.
A poster was displayed at the IUCr XX congress, Florence, August 2005:
The consequences of the petition appear to be null, unfortunately.
The COD was contacted by the CCDC (Cambridge Structural Database), asking
what exactly would be a "light version".
So, the COD considers timely to change a bit its strategy.
You represent a large community of crystallographers wanting access
openly to a database of atomic coordinates on the Web.
If you wish to become one of these volunteers, then answer to that email at firstname.lastname@example.org, giving details on your offer :
- wishing to help for N journal issues per year (~30 minutes/issue),
Propose a value for N. Some journals have 4 or 6 issues per year, other
have 12, some may have up to 26 or 52 per year !
We will then contact the volunteers, giving them the details of their
mission (URL of the journal where they will find the CIFs, selection of
Downloading CIFs at these journal Web sites is allowed for personal use. If you decide then to send them to the COD, this will be your personal choice, your responsibility, for the building of that dreamed open database..
Thanks again you for your interest and your support.
Best regards from the COD Advisory Board,
Daniel Chateigner, Xiaolong Chen,
PS - The COD contains now ~18 000 entries. Soon much more, we hope, thanks to you
PS2 - Already 26 volunteers recruited from petitioners.