From Online Dictionary of Crystallography


Acronym used both for the Crystallographic Information File, a data-exchange and archival file format sponsored by the International Union of Crystallography, and the Crystallographic Information Framework, a subsequent system of exchange protocols based on data dictionaries and relational rules expressible in different machine-readable manifestations, including, but not restricted to, Crystallographic Information File and XML.

Similar acronyms are used for specific applications of the Crystallographic Information Framework, e.g.

  • mmCIF (macromolecular crystallography)
  • pdCIF (powder diffraction)
  • msCIF (description of modulated and composite structures)
  • rhoCIF (electron density data)
  • imgCIF (image data)
  • symCIF (symmetry data)
  • magCIF (magnetic structures)

See also

  • Bernstein, H.J., Bollinger, J. C., Brown, I. D., Gražulis, S., Hester, J. R., McMahon, B., Spadaccini, N., Westbrook, J. D. and Westrip, S. P. (2016). J. Appl. Cryst. 49 277-284. Specification of the Crystallographic Information File format, version 2.0
  • International Tables for Crystallography, Volume G