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Preamble

Crystallographic Computing School - Sharing our knowledge

August 18-23, 2008
Kansai Seminar House, Kyoto, Japan

School organizer:   A. L. Spek (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
    R. Grosse-Kunstleve (LBNL, USA)
    M. Yao (Hokkaido University, Japan)
    A. Nakagawa (Osaka University, Japan)
    H. Powell (MRC, UK)
    L. Cranswick (NRC, Canada)

The Kyoto Crystallographic Computing School aims to bring together developers and users interested in looking beyond the interface. The school is structured to foster the exchange of ideas via formal lectures, afternoon tutorials, coding challenges and code comparison sessions. During the first conference on crystallographic computing held at the Pennsylvania State College, USA in April 1950, Ray Pepinsky's introduction noted that solving the major computing problems would "require many minds. Our aim here is to share what we know - to cross-pollinate our minds." Currently, there is a wide range of crystallographic software under development, including larger community projects such as Clipper/CCP4, CCTBX/Phenix, DANSE, and Age Concern. These do not only develop new methods, but also harvest the knowledge of previous generations. The Kyoto Crystallographic Computing School invites the extended community to an intensive session of working together and learning from each other.