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[Protein-crystallography] New Beta Site Will Replace the Current RCSB PDB Portal on January 1, 2006

Kyle Burkhardt kburkhar at rcsb.rutgers.edu
Fri Oct 21 14:36:21 EST 2005

New Beta Site Will Replace the Current RCSB PDB Portal on January 1, 2006

To provide a powerful portal for studying the structures of biological
macromolecules and their relationships to sequence, function, and
disease, the RCSB has enhanced and revised the RCSB web and FTP sites.

We encourage you to test and review http://pdbbeta.rcsb.org and
ftp://ftpbeta.rcsb.org before these resources replace the versions
currently in production at www.pdb.org and ftp.rcsb.org on January 1, 2006.

The enhanced web design offers improved navigation for easily locating
the resources and tools offered by the RCSB PDB.  An always-present
left hand menu makes features and resources related to structural
genomics, education, and software easily attainable.

The search tab offers different ways of accessing the RCSB PDB
database, including a new method for "browsing" through structures
grouped in categories related to disease, molecular function,
biochemical process, or cellular location.

The reengineered database is based upon the PDB data that has been
remediated and standardized.  Tools to examine these data include:
improved ligand searching; a clear distinction between the reported
primary and derived data; and the integration of external data
resources currently not available on the production site.

A searchable help system with a glossary and user guide provides
detailed information for accessing the website, database, and for
understanding PDB data.

A narrated presentation in Flash is linked from the beta site homepage
to guide users through searching, navigating, generating reports,
visualizing structures, and browsing PDB data.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the development of this
resource through their feedback.  Additional comments should be sent to
betafeedback at rcsb.org.

RCSB PDB Beta Site: http://pdbbeta.rcsb.org/
RCSB PDB Beta FTP Site: ftp://ftpbeta.rcsb.org
Tutorial for using the new site: http://core1.rcsb.org/tutorial/

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