Regional Co-Chairs Report for the UK & Ireland
Activities since March 2005
BCA 2005 at Loughborough
BCA Industrial Group Autumn Meeting
ICDD products mini-survey (UK & Ireland)
BCA Spring Meeting 2005, Loughborough UniversityApril 12th 14th, 2005
HighlightsIn-situ and non-ambient crystallography (Plenary session)
XRF session (WDXRF & EDXRF) organized and chaired by Dave Taylor
ICDD Bursary winner
ICDD Bursary Winner Nicola S. Turvey (School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham)
BCA Industrial Group Autumn Meeting, October 18th & 19th, 2006 at Birkbeck College, LondonWorkshop - Patents in Crystallography
Patents & Crystallography in Industry
Crystallography in Industry
ICDD Products mini-surveyContacted UK & Ireland users of ICDD products with 3 questions
1. Which ICDD product(s) do you have?
2. Are you happy with it/them?
3. What changes or improvements would you like to see?
Response to survey
Contacted a total of 64 users in the UK and Ireland (53 academic and 11 industrial users).
Received a total of 16 replies (13 academic and 3 industrial users).
1. Which ICDD products do you have?13 respondents have PDF-2 (from versions 1999 to 2005)
3 have PDF-4
2. Are you happy with them?16 respondents said yes , with qualifying remarks such as:
very happy, essential to my work, it serves its purpose, generally happy and reasonably happy.
3. What changes or improvements would you like to see?Need some coaching with PCSIWIN (SIeve) and PCPDFWIN (DDview). Lack of tutorial help. Would appreciate a short Users Guide in hardcopy form. Need a one-day UK based workshop(!). [3 respondents]
Question 3 continued
Unhappy with pricing and cost of updates. [7 respondents]
Question 3 continuedSite licence restricts use to one computer [2 respondents]
Why keep O quality data?
Why keep deleted data?
PCPDFWIN search result lists phase ID, chemical name, formula, strongest lines & crystal system, but no quality mark.
Question 3 continuedWhy is there no discount for ICDD members?
Would be helpful to be able to save data pattern in card format.
Would like search routines on unit cell (like ICSD Crystal Web).
More data on synthesis.
Web subscriber system needed.
Question 3 continuedDont like time-locked policy [2 respondents]
Rules on what constitutes an academic institute are inconsistent.
Would like ICDD educational products available on the Web.
Calculated data sets (70-86) clutter up the database.
British Crystallographic Association (BCA) Spring Meeting at Lancaster University.
BCA Spring Meeting, Lancaster University, April 4th 6th, 2006
Full day XRPD Workshop on Phase IdentificationTutors: John Faber (Principal Scientist, ICDD), Dave Taylor & David Rendle.
History & structure of the Powder Diffraction File
Advanced phase identification and quantitative analysis
Hands-on computer session.