The last three years have seen major changes at the International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD). First, the membership has grown from 98 to 266 with the infusion of many new overseas members. At present, the ICDD has 133 USA members and exactly the same number of non-USA members. The second major change is that it has actively pursued joint activities with other database organisations, notably, Fachinformationszentrum (Inorganic Crystal Structure Database) and the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (Cambridge Structural Database). ICDD has drawn up contracts with both of these organisations that allow the ICDD to calculate powder patterns from the crystallographic data. In addition, each of the three organisations has pledged to add cross references in their databases thus allowing user interaction between several databases permitting new extensions of Computational Materials Design. The sub-committees and task groups are actively engaged in screening and reviewing all new and historical data. The Technical Committee has established co-chairs on each of the worlds continents and is looking forward to operating as a truly international organisation. The ICDD is currently sponsoring about 45 different institutions in various parts of the world for assistance in producing high quality experimental powder data. It also sponsors scholarship programmes and gives financial support to selected national and international meetings. Last year, the ICDD took over the administration of the Denver X-ray Conference, and continues to support domestic and overseas clinics and training courses. The ICDD was closely involved in the establishment of an X-ray Analytical Society.
R.J. Cernik, IUCr Representative
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