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The wwPDB is preparing the update of PDBx/mmCIF model files for all entries in the PDB archive to V5 version of the PDBx/mmCIF dictionary. When completed, all PDB model files will have better organized content and will conform to the revised data model used within the wwPDB OneDep System.

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The wwPDB partners are pleased to announce that updated validation reports for all X-ray, NMR, and 3DEM structures deposited in the PDB archive are now available on March 15, 2017.

The updates include new percentile statistics reflecting the state of the PDB archive on December 31th 2016 and updated versions of the Mogul software (2017) and CSD archive (as538be).

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On November 18-19, 2016, the Human Frontier Science Program Organization hosted a meeting of senior managers of key data resources (including members of the Worldwide Protein Data Bank) and leaders of several major funding organizations to discuss the challenges associated with sustaining biological and biomedical data resources and associated infrastructure.

A strong consensus emerged from the group that core data resources for the life sciences should be supported through a coordinated international effort(s) that better ensure long-term sustainability and that appropriately align funding with scientific impact. Ideally, funding for such data resources should allow for access at no charge, as is presently the usual (and preferred) mechanism.

The Global Life Sciences Data Resources (GLSDR) Working Group has published a letter describing this consensus in Nature and in bioRxiv.

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