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Re: Material for Annual Report to the Executive

Dear James,

   Here are a few items.  Let me know if you need more detail

   1.  imgCIF:  The imgCIF dictionary and Crystallographic Binary Format 
(CBF) format based on that dictionary have seen increasing use in 
2008-2009.  The Pilatus 6m pixel array detector for Dectris produces 
images in a mini-CBF format, and a conversion utitlity is available for 
expansion to full CBF format.  ADSC has provided full support for writing 
CBF format output for its detectors, and Rayonix and Rigaku have started 
serious efforts on CBF support for their detectors to conform to the DLS 
procurement standards.  P. Chang of DLS has produced software to allow use 
of the format for Java-based applications. In collaboratation with K. 
Dederichs, H. J. Bernstein has enhanced the previous Fortran support to 
now cover all aspects of the format. Added to the extisting C/C++ support 
from P. Ellis and H. J. Bernstein, and the Python support from J. Wright 
of ESRF, the format is now supported for the major programming languages 
used in handling diffraction images. Both mosflm and adxv are able to 
accept CBF images.

   2.  Interoperability between imgCIF and NeXus.  Software to convert from 
CBF to NeXus was written by H. J. Bernstein in 2007-2008.  P. Chang of DLS 
has now enhanced that software.

   3.  DDLm support.  E. Zlateva, a student of H. J. Bernstein at Dowling 
College, is incorporating J. Hester's dRel parser into CBFlib to complete 
DDLm support in CFBlib and will report on that work at ACA 2009 in 
Toronto.

   Regards,
     Herbert

P.S.  Do you want to say anything about the archiving discussions on the
CCP4 list?



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On Tue, 14 Apr 2009, James Hester wrote:

> Dear COMCIFS members and observers,
>
> The deadline for the COMCIFS annual report to the IUCr executive is
> approaching.  If there is something that has happened in your area in
> 2008 that you think is worth reporting, I would be grateful if you
> could send me some comments by this time next week.  I would be
> particularly interested in hearing from the various dictionary
> maintenance groups.
>
> If you plan to send comments but this deadline is too soon, please let me know.
>
> Best wishes,
> James Hester.
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