Welcome from Helen M. Berman

Welcome to the first newsletter of the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB) for the Protein Data Bank (PDB). As you all know, the management of the PDB has changed from Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) to the RCSB. This change in management will take place during a transition period that will end October 31, 1999. In this newsletter, we introduce ourselves, our plans for the transition, and our plans for the future.

We have received a variety of responses to this news. Thanks to all of you who have sent your support. We are aware that there are some concerns over this change in management; if you are interested in a particular area that is not addressed in this newsletter or on our Web site (http://www.rcsb.org/), please let us know by sending e-mail to info@rcsb.org.

We are looking forward to introducing the RCSB system and its many new features. We are particularly excited about a higher, faster throughput of deposited data; a greater number of query capabilities, including more complex and more accurate queries; a uniform archive; dynamic cross-links to other databases; and the availability of structure and sequence neighboring. The PDB data will be stored and mirrored at all three RCSB sites. The RCSB has entered several different collaborations and will be highlighting these projects and other developments in newsletters to come.

Helen M. Berman