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imgCIF dictionary and CBF format approved

  • Subject: imgCIF dictionary and CBF format approved
  • From: Brian McMahon <bm@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 21:16:51 GMT
The IUCr Committee for the Maintenance of the CIF Standard (COMCIFS) has
unanimously approved the imgCIF dictionary of data names required by the
Crystallographic Binary File (CBF) image representation project. imgCIF/CBF
is an initiative to extend the IUCr CIF concept to cover efficient storage
of 2-D area detector data and other large datasets. The Crystallographic
Binary File resembles the structure of CIF but allows the transport of
binary data and therefore is not a STAR File; however, its functionality
adheres as closely as possible to that of STAR Files.

The imgCIF/CBF index page on the IUCr web site
(http://www.iucr.org/iucr-top/cif/imgcif/index.html) has links
to the release version 1.0 of the imgCIF dictionary and to other
web pages describing the CBF format definition, a software library
and other supporting materials from the imgCIF/CBF project.
The canonical version of the dictionary is located at
A browser-friendly HTML version with internal hyperlinks is located at
and mirrors.

Brian McMahon
Coordinating Secretary, COMCIFS
Brian McMahon                                             tel: +44 1244 342878
Research and Development Officer                          fax: +44 1244 314888
International Union of Crystallography                  e-mail:  bm@iucr.ac.uk
5 Abbey Square, Chester CH1 2HU, England                         bm@iucr.org

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