mmCIF* Software Developers' Workshop

October 17-19, 1997
Dimacs Center, CoRE Building, Rutgers University

* mmCFI stands for macromolecular Crystallographic Information File


Presented under the auspices of the DIMACS Special Year in Mathematical Support of Molecular Biology.

CIF is the Crystallographic Information File format. It was designed as a dictionary of data items sufficient for archiving the small molecule crystallographic experiment and its results. mmCIF, the macromolecular Crystallographic Information File format, is an extension of CIF to support the macromolecular crystallographic experiment, to improve the publication process for experimental papers, and to facilitate the development of tools so that computer programs could easily interface with the CIF.

The mmCIF Software Developers' Workshop will be held October 17-19, 1997 at Rutgers University. Some of the topics that will be addressed in the workshop include: adapting existing applications to mmCIF, creating new applications to exploit the capabilities of DDL2 and mmCIF, use of existing mmCIF software tools and packages, and detailed presentations on the content of the DDL2 and mmCIF dictionaries. Discussion will also focus on the requirements for new mmCIF software and dictionary content, and on the coordination of these ongoing development activities. There will be a mix of tutorial, hands-on and discussion sessions.

There is an open lecture on Saturday, October 18th from 9 am-12 noon in the CoRE building auditorium: Title: "Data Representation for Macromolecular Structure" Presented by: Paula Fitzgerald (Merck Laboratories), Brian McMahon (IUCr, England), and John Westbrook (Rutgers)

For more information on the workshop and the mmCIF project, see

This workshop is funded in part by the National Science Foundation, the Rutgers University Bioinformatics Initiative, the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS), and the International Union of Crystallography.

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