International Tables for Crystallography
Volume G: Definition and exchange of crystallographic data
Edited by S. R. Hall and B. McMahon
Volume G describes the standard data exchange and archival file format (the Crystallographic Information File, or CIF) used throughout crystallography. It provides in-depth information vital for small-molecule, inorganic and macromolecular crystallographers, mineralogists, chemists, materials scientists, solid-state physicists and others who wish to record or use the results of a single-crystal or powder diffraction experiment. The volume also provides the detailed data ontology necessary for programmers and database managers to design interoperable computer applications. The accompanying software includes the CIF dictionaries in machine-readable form and a collection of libraries and utility programs.
This volume is an essential guide and reference for programmers of crystallographic software, data managers handling crystal-structure information and practising crystallographers who need to use CIF.
Volume G has been reviewed by R. Goddard [Acta Cryst. (2006). A62, 463-464], A. Blake (Crystallography News, No. 97, June 2006, pp. 8-9), J. M. Goodman (Chemical Informatics Letters, 13, July 2006) and D. J. Watkin (IUCr Newsletter, Volume 14, No. 3, 2006, p. 4).