The PDB has been very busy working on two major projects:
structural genomics and a redesign of the PDB Web site and query engine.
As described in this newsletter, the PDB maintains the centralized
registration database for target sequences (TargetDB;
http://targetdb.pdb.org/). The PDB has also been actively involved in
coordinating the development of data deposition specifications for
structural genomics and the data dictionary supporting these
specifications (http://deposit.pdb.org/mmcif/). We recently sponsored
a workshop on Structural Genomics Informatics and Software
Integration. We will be participating in the International Structural
Genomics Organisation (ISGO) International Conference on Structural
Genomics (October 10 - 13, 2002; Berlin, Germany) and the High
Throughput Synchrotron Crystallography Meeting (November 20-22, 2002
in Argonne, IL).
A major reengineering effort to expand the extensibility,
maintainability, and scalability of the PDB query and analysis
capabilities has begun. This effort will provide novel ways to query,
report and visualize structure data, as well as improved navigation of
the PDB Web site. In the coming months, we will be asking our PDB
users for opinions and feedback on this new project.
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