[3dem] Worldwide Protein Data Bank celebrates 10 year anniversary

Gary Battle battle at ebi.ac.uk
Mon Jul 1 09:29:25 PDT 2013

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the founding of the Worldwide 
Protein Data Bank (wwPDB; http://wwpdb.org), the international 
collaboration that manages the PDB archive.

Starting from just 7 protein crystal structures in 1971, the PDB archive 
has grown rapidly over the past 42 years. Today, the archive contains 
over 90,000 structures and at its current rate of growth will reach the 
100,000 structure mark in 2014, the International Year of Crystallography.

On July 1st 2003, the way in which the PDB archive was managed was 
transformed by the founding of the Worldwide Protein Data Bank 
organisation. The establishment of the wwPDB ensured that these uniquely 
valuable data will continue to be stored, managed and kept freely 
available for the benefit of scientists worldwide.

The wwPDB organisation nowadays consists of four partners: the Research 
Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics Protein Data Bank (RCSB PDB; 
http://rcsb.org) and BioMagResBank (BMRB; http://bmrb.wisc.edu) in the 
USA, the Protein Data Bank in Europe (PDBe; http://pdbe.org) and the 
Protein Data Bank Japan (PDBj; http://pdbj.org).

You can read more about the wwPDB partner organisations and how they 
work together to ensure that the global community of PDB users is 
provided with reliable and consistent data at http://wwpdb.org

on behalf of the wwPDB

Gary Battle
Protein Data Bank in Europe (PDBe)

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