Message from the PDB

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; 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 ( 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.


Masami Kusunoki (Osaka University) with Kyle Burkhardt, Bohdan Schneider, and Wolfgang Bluhm at the PDB booth at the IUCr 2002 Meeting.