comcifs -- Discussion list of the IUCr Committee for the Maintenance of the CIF Standard (COMCIFS)


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The purpose of COMCIFS is to maintain the integrity of the crystallographic file structure (CIF) on behalf of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr).
This purpose includes, but is not limited to, the following activities.

1. To establish policies defining the use of the Crystallographic Information File.

2. To receive and examine all proposed amendments and extensions to the CIF standard. In particular, to ratify proposed data names, to ensure that the data structures conform to the basic CIF specifications, and to ensure that the definitions of data items are clear and unambiguous and conform to accepted IUCr usage.

3. To ensure that all accepted amendments and extensions to the CIF standard are announced in an appropriate publication or news item in an IUCr publication.

4. To ensure that adequate current documentation of the CIF standard is available to potential users in both printed and machine-readable forms.

5. To coordinate with other organisations proposing CIF related dictionaries using STAR files to ensure maximum compatibility between CIFs and related file structures.

6. To coordinate with other crystallographic organisations proposing non-CIF standards to ensure maximum compatibility.

7. To coordinate with writers of software intended to read and write CIFs.

8. To ensure that those using CIF are aware of its ownership by the IUCr and the conditions under which it may be used.

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