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[SA_scat] Closure of www.small-angle.ac.uk and a new homes forCCP13 Software & Fibre Diffraction Review

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  • Subject: [SA_scat] Closure of www.small-angle.ac.uk and a new homes forCCP13 Software & Fibre Diffraction Review
  • From: <stephen.king@stfc.ac.uk>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:24:55 +0000
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Some subscribers to this list will recall the highly successful UK Collaborative Computational Project #13 (CCP13) which ran from 1992-2006.

CCP13 produced software for the analysis of fibre diffraction data and small-angle scattering data from soft matter systems with 'fibre-like' order (eg, liquid crystals).

It also produced an annual newsletter which later became the peer-reviewed journal Fibre Diffraction Review (ISSN 1463-8401).

With the demise of CCP13 there became a need to protect the legacy of the project and since 2006 this has been jointly undertaken by the Diamond Light Source and the ISIS Neutron Source.

This post is to announce a number of changes to the organisation of that CCP13 legacy output:

-          Firstly, it has been decided to close the website at Diamond served by the domains www.small-angle.ac.uk and www.fibre-diffraction.ac.uk. These addresses will no longer work.

-          The legacy CCP13 software will continue to be hosted on a server at Diamond, but to access/download it you will now need to visit the 'software' page on the SAS Portal at http://smallangle.org/ .

-          PDF copies of Fibre Diffraction Review are now archived on the online, open-access, publication repository e-Pubs at http://epubs.stfc.ac.uk/index . Entering 'ccp13' as a search phrase will find the content.

-          Alternatively, visit the 'resources' page of the SAS Portal at http://smallangle.org/ for a link to a bulleted list of FDR issues.

Finally, a word on the status of the legacy CCP13 software. Most of the linux/unix distributions are based on, now, very old kernels. They may not run, even if they install. However, before CCP13 closed, an effort was made to port some programs to Windows (32-bit) and/or Java (to give some cross-platform independence). The two most important packages in this respect are FibreFix and Corfunc.

Despite many years of little or no active maintenance/development of the CCP13 suite, in May 2013 new Windows 7-compatible and Java-compatible versions of FibreFix were released by Prof John Squire and co-workers Dr Andrew He, Dr Ganeshalingam Rajkumar and Dr Carlo Knupp. These are available at the links above.

The Windows version of Corfunc has been kept in a running state by Dr Stephen King, but has not been actively developed.

If you have questions about the CCP13 software, in the first instance, please contact:

Dr Stephen King, ISIS (stephen.king@stfc.ac.uk<mailto:stephen.king@stfc.ac.uk>)
Prof Nicholas Terrill, Diamond (nick.terrill@diamond.ac.uk<mailto:nick.terrill@diamond.ac.uk>)

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