COMCIFS Workshop and Symposium

University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

23 August - 25 August 2013

The IUCr Committee for the Maintenance of the CIF Standard (COMCIFS) held a Workshop and Symposium as satellites of the 28th European Crystallographic Meeting in summer 2013. The Workshop took delivery of DDLm, the next-generation dictionary definition language with methods, and investigated approaches to CIF dictionary authoring. The Symposium was designed to celebrate and develop the role of the CIF information exchange standard over the previous two decades. 15 enthusiastic and compelling speakers explained how crystallography, particularly in its application to structure determination, is a field with supremely well developed practices in the collection, analysis, interpretation, publication and archiving of raw and processed data, and the structural information derived from diffraction experiments. These practices are so well ingrained that many crystallographers are unaware of how well we do these things, compared with other scientific fields. The Symposium reminded the crystallographic community of its great track record in data handling, and also anticipated further advances in data management, integration, validation and curation.

A meeting on 23 March 2013 at Syd Hall's home in Perth, Western Australia, of the team involved in developing DDLm and the dictionary methods evaluation language dREL. Doug Du Boulay, Nick Spadaccini, Syd Hall, Ian Castleden, James Hester.
Preparatory meeting
Participants at the COMCIFS Dictionary Management Workshop. Front row: Brian Toby, James Hester, Frances Bernstein. Behind: John Bollinger (in green shirt), David Brown, Herbert Bernstein, Mark Könnecke, Ian Bruno. At rear: Peter Murray-Rust, John Westbrook, Doug Du Boulay (in black shirt), Mike Hoyland, Nick Spadaccini, Simon Coles, Brian McMahon.
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Workshop session. James Hester, COMCIFS Chair, in foreground.
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Workshop participants. Standing: Nick Spadaccini, Brian McMahon.
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Brian McMahon
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John Westbrook
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Brian Toby
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Simon Coles
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John Helliwell
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Erica Yang
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Herbert Bernstein
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Simon Hodson
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Mike Hoyland
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Tony Linden
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Manfred Weiss
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Sameer Velankar
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Colin Groom
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Peter Murray-Rust
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Nick Spadaccini
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Speaker: Manfred Weiss.
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