The Library and the College of Chemsitry have jointly funded a site license for the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) system, a source of crystallographic data for organic molecules and metal-organic compounds and associated software. Please note, for those asociated with the College of Chemistry, access to the CSD system through the College research facilities remains as it always has, this site license simply allows UCB students, faculty and staff the right to install the CSD system on their own computers for academic purposes, if they so desire.
To use the CSD system, you must install the data and software programs onto your computer. The programs and data files are being distributed via the web through a UC shared site. Since these files are so large, you cannot directly download them; instead, you must copy the ISO files onto CDs and then use the CDs to install the programs. You will need site and confirmation codes the first time you run the CSD. These codes are available at the above site along with the files. If you have questions about this site license, please contact me at mmahoney(at) library(dot)berkeley(dot)edu.
There are 3-4 CSD updates each year. You will need the site and confirmation codes to download the update files. There is also a mailing list to alert uses when updates are available.