ICSD Accessibility in Support of Materials Research and Design
Vicky L. Karen, A J. Belsky
The materials community in both science and industry use crystallographic data models on a daily basis to visualize, explain, and predict the behavior of chemicals and materials. Access to reliable information on the structure of crystalline materials helps researchers concentrate experimental work in directions that optimize the discovery process. The Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD) is a comprehensive collection of more than 60,000 crystal structure entries for inorganic materials, and is produced cooperatively by the Fachinformationszentrum Karlsruhe and the National Institute of Standard and Technology. The ICSD is disseminated in computerized formats with scientific software tools to exploit the content of these databases. Features of a new PC-based graphical user interface for the ICSD are outlined herein, along with directions for future development in support of materials research and design.