Crystallography Open Database (COD): An open-access collection of crystal structures and platform for world-wide collaboration

Saulius Gražulis, Adriana Daškevič, Andrius Merkys, Daniel Chateigner, Luca Lutterotti, Miguel Quirós, Nadezhda R. Serebryanaya, Peter Moeck, Robert T. Downs, Armel Le Bail

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Abstract

Using an open-access distribution model, the Crystallography Open Database (COD, http://www .crystallography.net) collects all known 'small molecule / small to medium sized unit cell' crystal structures and makes them available freely on the Internet. As of today, the COD has aggregated ∼150 000 structures, offering basic search capabilities and the possibility to download the whole database, or parts thereof using a variety of standard open communication protocols. A newly developed website provides capabilities for all registered users to deposit published and so far unpublished structures as personal communications or pre-publication depositions. Such a setup enables extension of the COD database by many users simultaneously. This increases the possibilities for growth of the COD database, and is the first step towards establishing a world wide Internet-based collaborative platform dedicated to the collection and curation of structural knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)D420-D427
JournalNucleic acids research
Volume40
Issue numberD1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2012

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  • Genetics

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    Gražulis, S., Daškevič, A., Merkys, A., Chateigner, D., Lutterotti, L., Quirós, M., Serebryanaya, N. R., Moeck, P., Downs, R. T., & Le Bail, A. (2012). Crystallography Open Database (COD): An open-access collection of crystal structures and platform for world-wide collaboration. Nucleic acids research, 40(D1), D420-D427. https://doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkr900