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main.html 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?").
general [[Topics]] include articles about [[Expression_and_Purification| protein expression and purification]],[[Crystals| crystal growth, handing and data collection]],[[Crystallography| crystallographic theory and practice]],and crystal structure related [[Bioinformatics|bioinformatics]] and [[Xtal_computing|computer hardware issues]]. There are also announcements for [[Positions|open positions]], [[Courses and Conferences|courses and conferences]] and a [[FAQ|FAQ]].
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
. Many interesting questions are currently being answered on CCP4BB, but the answers are not easily accessible for others after some time. A wiki has the additional advantage that mathematical formulas and images may be presented nicely.
== News ==
April 04, 2008:
(technical) transparent inter-wiki linking e. g. to the [[ccp4dev:Main_Page|CCP4 developers' wiki]] and to [[xds:Main_Page|XDSwiki]] is now very easy due to an extension called "SpecialInterwiki".
Old news may be found [[Old_news|here]].
[[CCP4]] is a crystallographic program system, and can be downloaded from [http://www.ccp4.ac.uk/download.php].
It is free for academic use; the license is at [http://www.ccp4.ac.uk/ccp4license.php].
Documentation is at [http://www.ccp4.ac.uk/docs.php], and a mailing list (CCP4BB) is at [http://www.ccp4.ac.uk/ccp4bb.php].
== 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.
To do this, please [[create an account]].
== Getting started ==