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News & Announcements

06/26/2018

The wwPDB OneDep system for deposition, validation and biocuration will require contact authors to provide their unique ORCiD identifiers when preparing depositions later this summer. This change will enable wwPDB efforts to correctly attribute PDB structures to contact authors. At a later point, ORCiD will be used to authenticate and reorganize access to deposition data within OneDep.

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05/25/2018

The new version of OneDep improves the process of data replacement for PDB and EMDB entries, prior to their release.

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05/08/2018

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced their final Research Misconduct Finding in the case of H.M. Krishna Murthy. The Administrative Law Judge found that Murthy reported falsified and/or fabricated research in 10 journal publications and 12 corresponding PDB structures. Per wwPDB policies, all 12 PDB structures in question have been obsoleted. The Judge’s finding was the result of years of work on the part of the dedicated ORI legal team, who were assisted by members of the US regional data centre of the wwPDB and expert structural biologists. Mandatory PDB deposition of both atomic coordinates and experimental data were critical to resolving this case.

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