Workshop on Theoretical Model Archiving, Validation and PDBx/mmCIF Data Exchange Format
October 21 & 22, 2013

Organized by

Dr. Torsten Schwede

Dr. Andrej Sali

Center for Integrative Proteomics Research

Rutgers University

Busch Campus

174 Frelinghuysen Road

Piscataway, NJ 08854



We cordially invite you to the third Meeting of the Working Group on "Theoretical Model Archiving, Validation and PDBx/mmCIF Data Exchange Format" on Monday / Tuesday 21/22 October 2013 at Rutgers University, NJ. This year's meeting consists of two parts - please feel to register for one or both days according to your interests:

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Monday, 21 October 2013: Model Validation Working Group Meeting

The first day of the workshop will be dedicated to the development of standards for model data deposition (model archiving) and validation of models for peer-reviewed publications. After a short update on recent developments of the Model Portal and Model Archive, representatives from the experimental wwPDB task forces will describe how they have implemented data deposition and validation in their respective fields. This will be followed by short talks on state-of-the-art methods for validation and assessment of models. In the afternoon, we will discuss which information should be captured for models in general (e.g. comparative models, de novo predictions, protein-protein docking and virtual screening), before we split into breakout groups. The task for the groups is to discuss in detail about minimal information standards and a standard model validation report, and hopefully come up with a consensus recommendation.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013: Workshop on the PDBx/mmCIF data exchange format for structural biology

On the second day, we offer a workshop on the PDBx/mmCIF format, which the wwPDB has established as the new standard format for data exchange and archiving in structural biology. We will start by presenting existing software implementations in various areas. In the afternoon, we will have a workshop with developers of modeling software to find out, which extensions are required to represent modeling specific information in this new format.

Invited Speakers

The workshop will feature contributions by Paul Adams, Helen Berman, Dave Case, Wah Chiu, Frank DiMaio, Roland Dunbrack, Andras Fiser, Tom Goddard, Robert Hanson, John Irwin, Gerard Kleywegt, Dima Kozakov, Eugene Krissinel, Liam McGuffin, Guy Montelione, John Moult, Andreas Prlic, Andrej Sali, Torsten Schwede, Jill Trewhella, John Westbrook, Jasmine Young, and Yaoqui Zhou. Please visit the workshop website for a detailed agenda and online registration.


There is no registration fee, but online registration is required since space is limited. The organizers will provide coffee breaks, lunch on both days, and dinner on Monday. Please make your own arrangement for travel and accommodation.

Yours sincerely, Torsten Schwede & Andrej Sali


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