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Re: Proposed COMCIFS terms of reference

David: I have looked at the proposed changes to COMCIFS brief,
at at Herbert's suggested amendments, and am happy with all of
them. I am ambivalent on the inclusion or exclusion of I.8 ...
I suggest that the union get advice on this requirement, but
whether it needs to appear in the COMCIFS statutes seems to be
an entirely different matter.
Emeritus Professor Sydney R. Hall
School Biomedical, Biomolecular & Chemical Sciences
University of Western Australia
Crawley, 6009  AUSTRALIA.
Ph: +61 (8) 6488 2725

On 04/10/2005, at 4:04 AM, David Brown wrote:

> At the meetings of COMCIFS at the IUCr Congress in Florence, it was  
> agreed, with the blessing of the IUCr Executive Committee, to  
> extend the 'Purpose' of COMCIFS in our 'Terms of Reference' to  
> reflect the changes in information technology that have occured  
> since they were first adopted over ten years ago.  CIF is no longer  
> the only file structure of its kind and this needs to be recognized  
> as well as the distinction between the CIF dictionaries and the CIF  
> syntax.  The attached file contains a proposal for revised Terms of  
> Reference and is posted here for discussion.  After any ammendment,  
> it will be voted on by the voting members of COMCIFS and passed to  
> the Executive Committee for their approval.
> I have taken the opportunity in this document to introduce the  
> phrase 'Crystallographic Information Framework' as an expansion of  
> CIF where the acronym is applied to the CIF dictionaries and syntax  
> (the original expansion can still be used when referring to a file  
> containing crystallographic information in CIF format).  The new  
> expansion was suggested by John Westbrook and unanimously accepted  
> by those present at the meeting in Florence.
> If you have any comments or suggestions for improvements, please  
> send them in a reply to this message.
> David Brown
> Chair of COMCIFS
> <DraftTermsOfReference2005.pdf>
> <idbrown.vcf>
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