Since 1971, the Protein Data Bank archive (PDB) has served as the single repository of information about the 3D structures of proteins, nucleic acids, and complex assemblies.

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Celebrating 50 Years of the PDB


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Vision

Sustain freely accessible, interoperating Core Archives of structure data and metadata for biological macromolecules as an enduring public good to promote basic and applied research and education across the sciences.

Mission

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  • Provide expert deposition, validation, biocuration, and remediation services at no charge to Data Depositors worldwide.
  • Ensure universal open access to public domain structural biology data with no limitations on usage.
  • Develop and promote community-endorsed data standards for archiving and exchange of global structural biology data.
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News & Announcements

01/10/2023

With this week’s update, the PDB contains more than 200,000 entries

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01/03/2023

A snapshot of the PDB Core archive (ftp://ftp.wwpdb.org) as of January 2, 2023 has been added to ftp://snapshots.wwpdb.org, https://s3snapshots.rcsb.org (AWS), and ftp://snapshots.pdbj.org.

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12/15/2022

The Global Biodata Coalition (GBC) today announced that the Protein Data Bank (PDB) archive is included in the first list of Global Core Biodata Resources (GCBRs)—a collection of 37 resources whose long term funding and sustainability is critical to life science and biomedical research worldwide.

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