With the digitization of the sciences, the importance of the information infrastructure and its services has grown immensely. The generation, storage, analysis, and visualization of research data requires efficient tools, processes, and systems. The crystal structure depot ensures that crystallographic research data can be stored, curated, and analyzed.
What does the depot offer?
Crystal structures mentioned in scientific publications are stored in the crystal structure depot. Upon deposition, each data set is assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) so that the crystal structure is unambiguously identified and registered. The DOI enables third parties to cite and reference data according to the rules of good scientific practice.
You may quote your structure in a publication as follows:
Further details of the crystal structure investigations may be obtained from the joint CCDC/FIZ Karlsruhe online deposition service: https://www.ccdc.cam.ac.uk/structures/? by quoting the deposition number CSD-XXXX.
Many renowned journals in the field of crystallography expressly invite their authors to deposit their published crystal structures with FIZ Karlsruhe. However, scientists may also use our crystal structure depot for data that have not been published. All data are stored in a standardized format, with a focus on inorganic crystal structures. In the depot (offered in collaboration with the Cambridge Crystal Data Centre (CCDC)) the data can be stored at no charge and are available via open access. Each deposited crystal structure is also published in the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD) and curated and complemented with more information by our experts.