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International Tables for Crystallography

Volume G: Definition and exchange of crystallographic data

Edited by Sydney Hall, School of Biomedical and Chemical Sciences, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Perth, WA 6009, Australia, and Brian McMahon, International Union of Crystallography, 5 Abbey Square, Chester CH1 2HU, England


First edition August 2005

594+xii pp.

ISBN 1-4020-3138-6

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International Tables for Crystallography Volume G, Definition and exchange of crystallographic data, describes the standard data exchange and archival file format (the Crystallographic Information File, or CIF) used throughout crystallography. It provides in-depth information vital for small-molecule, inorganic and macromolecular crystallographers, mineralogists, chemists, materials scientists, solid-state physicists and others who wish to record or use the results of a single-crystal or powder diffraction experiment. The volume also provides the detailed data ontology necessary for programmers and database managers to design interoperable computer applications. The accompanying CD-ROM contains the CIF dictionaries in machine-readable form and a collection of libraries and utility programs.

This volume is an essential guide and reference for programmers of crystallographic software, data managers handling crystal-structure information and practising crystallographers who need to use CIF.

Volume G has been reviewed by A. Blake (Crystallography News, No. 97, June 2006, pp. 8-9) and J. M. Goodman (Chemical Informatics Letters, 13, July 2006).


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