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Re: COMCIFS 2018 draft report

  • To: james.r.hester@gmail.com, "Discussion list of the IUCr Committee for theMaintenance of the CIF Standard (COMCIFS)" <comcifs@iucr.org>
  • Subject: Re: COMCIFS 2018 draft report
  • From: kaduk@polycrystallography.com
  • Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:17:45 -0500
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Hi, James:
This report looks fine to me.
Jim Kaduk
On 2019-03-21 19:37, James Hester wrote:> Dear COMCIFS,> > Please see below a draft report to the IUCr executive from COMCIFS for> 2018. If anybody receiving this message knows of any other CIF-related> developments that you think are worth including, please let me know.> Any software developments?> > all the best,> James.> =========> > New dictionaries> > A dictionary defining datanames for topological descriptions> ("TopoCIF")> was submitted by Vladislav Blatov and Davide Proserpio and approved by> COMCIFS in June after consultation with the topological community.> A symmetry-mode dictionary is currently being discussed by a> specialist group.> > Legacy dictionaries> > Almost all legacy IUCr dictionaries have been rewritten to use an> updated dictionary definition language (DDLm).  The modulated> structure dictionary and electron density dictionary have not yet> moved to DDLm.> > International Tables Volume G> > COMCIFS members are closely involved with the preparation of> the second edition of International Tables Volume G ("Production> and exchange of crystallographic data"). This work has led> to clarification of some of the foundational standards. Further> information is available in the report of the International> Tables editor.> > Macromolecular standards> > The wwPDB is responsible for a large and rapidly expanding collection> of CIF definitions that encompass concepts and techniques used in the> macromolecular community. The wwPDB continues to develop powerful> tools for easy deposition of, and access to, data in mmCIF/PDBx form,> and continues to encourage an active community of users.> > Interactions with other standards groups> > Herbert Bernstein represents COMCIFS on the NeXus international> advisory committee (NIAC).  In 2018 NIAC approved continuation of work> on tools and standards that would allow wwPDB datanames to be stored> and retrieved from NeXus files.> > COMCIFS is also closely involved with the IUCr Committee on Data> (CommDat).> > Looking forward> > As flagged last year, an ever-shrinking group of people is drawn upon> to support CIF maintenance and development. This situation is not> sustainable, particularly as the first generation of CIF experts move> into retirement. This situation did not improve in 2018.> > --> T +61 (02) 9717 9907> F +61 (02) 9717 3145> M +61 (04) 0249 4148> _______________________________________________> comcifs mailing list> comcifs@iucr.org> http://mailman.iucr.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/comcifs_______________________________________________comcifs mailing listcomcifs@iucr.orghttp://mailman.iucr.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/comcifs

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