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This [http://www.ccp4.ac.uk/ CCP4] user community wiki ("CCP4 wiki" in short) is meant to be a collection of crystallographic knowledge as discussed on the [http://www.ccp4.ac.uk/ccp4bb.php CCP4 mailing list] (CCP4BB), and elsewhere. It may contain information about anything relevant to protein crystallographers, whether methods-related ("what is the best program for purpose X?"), problem-oriented ("my crystals melt if I look at them"), or concerning hardware ("what is your opinion on robot X / computer Y?").
The general [[Topics]] topics (side bar) include articles about [[Expression_and_Purification| protein expression and purification]],
[[Crystals| crystal growth, handling and data collection]],[[Crystallography| crystallographic theory and practice]],
and crystal structure related [[Bioinformatics|bioinformatics]] and [[Xtal_computing|computer-related issues]]. There are also announcements for [[Positions|open positions]], [[Courses and Conferences|courses and conferences]] and a [[FAQ|FAQ]].
Many interesting questions are currently being answered on CCP4BB, but the answers are not easily accessible for others after some time. The intention is that the wiki reflect the breadth of topics on CCP4BB, which will make it a useful resource e.g. for "frequently asked questions", offloading some of the question/answer traffic on CCP4BB to a more permanent mode of storage. A wiki has the additional advantage that mathematical formulas and images may be presented nicely.
 
== News ==
 
Nov 30, 2011: Due to the amount of spam created, we had to stop self-service account creation - send us a personal email (karsten. schaefer at uni-konstanz.de, or kay.diederichs at uni-konstanz.de) and we'll open account creation for you.
 
April 04, 2008: transparent inter-wiki linking is now very easy due to an extension called "[http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Special_page_to_work_with_the_interwiki_table SpecialInterwiki]". These links appear like internal links (see the next sentences!), and can point to subsections of an article, or to figures (untested!). This also means that if a wiki changes its DNS name, only a single inter-wiki link has to be updated.
Currently, the [[ccp4dev:Main_Page|CCP4 developers' wiki]], the [[xds:Main_Page|XDSwiki]] and (as of May 02, 2008) the [[iucr:Main_Page|IUCr Online Dictionary of Crystallography]] are in the [[Special:Interwiki|Inter-Wiki table]].
Old news may be found [[Old_news|here]].
== What is CCP4? ==
== How to use this wiki ==
* you may read the existing articles with a web browser (does not require an account).
* you are invited to contribute to CCP4 wiki, by creating new articles, and by adding information to, or correcting existing articles. Before you do this for the first time, you need to [[create an account]]. To prevent  Due to the amount of spam accountscreated, we had to stop self-service account creation - send us a personal email (karsten. schaefer at uni-konstanz.de, youor kay.diederichs at uni-konstanz.de) and we'll have to pass a simple "exam"open account creation for you.
This wiki is under the same [[Copyright]] (termed "GNU Free Documentation License") as [http://en.wikipedia.org Wikipedia], so any information in it may be transferred to other wikis subject to the [[Copyright]].
== Getting started ==
Consult the [http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Contents User's Guide] for information on using the wiki software, and see [[Creating an article]].
 
Transparent inter-wiki linking is now very easy due to an extension called "[http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Special_page_to_work_with_the_interwiki_table SpecialInterwiki]". These links appear like internal links (see the next sentences!), and can point to subsections of an article, or to figures (untested!). This also means that if a wiki changes its DNS name, only a single inter-wiki link has to be updated.
Currently, the [[ccp4dev:Main_Page|CCP4 developers' wiki]], the [[xds:Main_Page|XDSwiki]] and (as of May 02, 2008) the [[iucr:Main_Page|IUCr Online Dictionary of Crystallography]] are in the [[Special:Interwiki|Inter-Wiki table]].
 
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