The Protein Data Bank archive as an open data resource

J Comput Aided Mol Des. 2014 Oct;28(10):1009-14. doi: 10.1007/s10822-014-9770-y. Epub 2014 Jul 26.


The Protein Data Bank archive was established in 1971, and recently celebrated its 40th anniversary (Berman et al. in Structure 20:391, 2012). An analysis of interrelationships of the science, technology and community leads to further insights into how this resource evolved into one of the oldest and most widely used open-access data resources in biology.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Crystallography / history*
  • Databases, Protein* / standards
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Information Dissemination
  • Internet
  • Proteins / chemistry
  • Reproducibility of Results


  • Proteins