The data universe of structural biology

IUCrJ. 2020 May 28;7(Pt 4):630-638. doi: 10.1107/S205225252000562X. eCollection 2020 Jul 1.


The Protein Data Bank (PDB) has grown from a small data resource for crystallographers to a worldwide resource serving structural biology. The history of the growth of the PDB and the role that the community has played in developing standards and policies are described. This article also illustrates how other biophysics communities are collaborating with the worldwide PDB to create a network of interoperating data resources. This network will expand the capabilities of structural biology and enable the determination and archiving of increasingly complex structures.

Keywords: Protein Data Bank; X-ray crystallography; data resources; data standards; structural biology.

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