The responding subscribers are located in 42 different countries in seven regions of the world. A comparison of the geographic distribution of respondents with the CD subscription list shows that the respondents are generally representative of the geographic distribution of the subscribers. The European and Australian communities are slightly better represented while North America is slightly less represented in the responses.
Many subscribers have good online access to the PDB.
A majority of the respondents, about 60%, work at educational institutions. A total of 63% of all the organizations are involved in research. More specifically, approximately 35% are educational institutions, 28 % are research organizations, 25% have both an educational and research component and 12% were identified as commercial entities. The commercial organizations included companies involved in art, research, education, software development and medicine.
The placement of experimental data adds to the complexity of locating data. Because fewer requests are received for structure factor or NMR constraint files, this experimental data is placed on separate disk sets. This reduces CD production costs, but creates additional inconvenience.
We recognize that changing naming conventions would inconvenience those users who have developed automatic processes to load data from the CDs into databases. The reorganization of data into groups will need to be explored in more depth with input from our user community.
While the approval rating from 84.5% of our subscribers is very good, there is room for improvement. Problems are being addressed immediately. Suggestions for improvements are being reviewed and considered by RSCB PDB staff. Suggested improvements already being developed include a top level index, PDB-In-A-Box, and a DVD data product. Additional questions or concerns about CD data products can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com . The RSCB PDB staff thanks the user community for their response to the questionnaire.
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