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Re: 2010 COMCIFS annual report - request for information

In mid 2010, a long-standing issue in the use of imgCIF as a format for 
the Dectris Pilatus-6m detector was resolved. Until then, Dectris was 
writing a stripped down mini-CBF format header.  Now they offer the 
capability of writing fully imgCIF dictionary compliant headers via new 
templating software written by Eric Eikenberry.

Conversion from imgCIF to HDF5 format was demonstrated at the "HDF5 as 
hyperspectral data analysis format" workshop at ESRF in January 2010.

CBFlib, the software support library for imgCIF has seen sharply increased 
download activity in the past 2 years.  In 2008, there were only 152 
downloads from the sourceforge site.  In 2009, there were 1349 downloads 
and in 2010, there were 1555 downloads.

In addition to the source releases at sourceforge, CBFlib is
available as a Debian package 
(http://packages.debian.org/squeeze/cbflib-bin), as an Ubuntu
package (http://packages.ubuntu.com/hu/lucid/science/cbflib-bin),
and is pending adoption by Fedora once a PyCifRW license issue
is resolved.

  Herbert J. Bernstein, Professor of Computer Science
    Dowling College, Kramer Science Center, KSC 121
         Idle Hour Blvd, Oakdale, NY, 11769


On Fri, 4 Feb 2011, James Hester wrote:

> Dear COMCIFS members,
> The 2010 report of COMCIFS to the IUCr executive is due soon.  If any
> of you have information that you think would be worth including in
> this report, please provide it to me as soon as possible, but no later
> than the end of February.  I would particularly like to include news
> of changes and developments in CIF usage in its various application
> domains.
> best wishes,
> James Hester.
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