The EPSRC Chemical Database Service at Daresbury ceased operation as a
full national service 02/01/13.
We regret to announce that we have been required to disable general
user access to the component databases from that date forward.
The provider selected by the EPSRC, the Royal Society of Chemistry,
has taken over provision.
It committed to putting a provisional service in place after 02/01/13.
Daresbury will contine to provide a limited Chemical Database Service,
but this will be limited to users already registered for the old CDS
system. Access to this system is only for users within the STFC
network domain (Daresbury, Rutherford and the Diamond Light Source).
It is to be expected that the RSC service will meet the requirements
of the sort of coverage deemed essential in the Chemical Database
Facility Statement of Need (check via the menu bar above this
A link to the RSC/CDS site is also given.
See details below:
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General access to CrystalWorks will cease 10/5/13
General user access to CrystalWorks will cease on 10/5/13. Access to
the "demonstration" version of the system will, however, continue.
Full CrystalWeb search function will continue to be available to
registered users who are within the STFC network domain.
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Full CrystalWorks facilities have been reinstated
Full CrystalWorks facilities have been reinstated via the Daresbury
Unfortunately we can only guarantee general access until the end of
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General database access via Daresbury ceases 2nd January 2013
All new login database access for off-site users should now have been
Users who were already logged in beforehand may find that they retain
access in their current session.
Such access will, however, timeout after a period.
Please note that access within the STFC domain will continue for a
further period, which will be subject to review.
The STFC domain basically includes the Daresbury and Rutherford sites
as well as the Diamond Light Source.
Please note that STFC access is available to all
usernames - it
includes visitors to STFC/Diamond facilities and is not restricted to
those registered with a specific STFC username.
For this reason all current usernames will be retained on the
Daresbury server for a period at least.
The CDS/DL website will also remain in place.
We are also exploring the possibility of restoring general access
to a limited range of facilities.
This is only likely to happen if there is a proven need after the RSC
service is in place. Also an adequate funding source will need to be
The RSC have announced that their service will be in place from 2/1/13
The RSC service is scheduled to commence operation.
Established users of the Daresbury Service and prospective users of
the new service should access the RSC/CDS web site:
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An FAQ section has now been added to the RSC-CDS web site (see menu
above) which gives further details about databases and access
We understand that there may have been some misunderstanding about the
transfer of usernames passwords, and saved data from CDS/DL to
In reality we received a very recent request from the RSC
asking us to make a global transfer of such information. Clearly this
would have been totally impossible if were to abide by Data Protection
The CDS/DL servers will no longer be supported under our contract with
the EPSRC beyond 31st December 2012.
However, if you find that you have any important research data
resident on the DL system beyond that point we will endeavour to make
arrangements for it to be transferred to you personally if you contact
us via firstname.lastname@example.org
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We have been lead to believe that the RSC intend to add an FAQ section
to their web site which will also eventually provide access to their
proposed services (for link to the web site see menu bar
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Details of the RSC service are appearing via Chemistry World
The RSC is providing some details of hoped for functionality of their
proposed service via the comments section of a recent article
appearing on the Chemistry World
To keep abreast with this emerging information please access this
article, which is entitled "RSC to launch new Chemical Database
Service", (see menu bar
The comments section following the article would appear to be a good
place to view queries and comments from the community and any
responses from the RSC.
Also note that the CDS-UK Discussion List remains open. You can also add
your comments there (also see menu bar
If you have any concerns you are strongly encouraged to add your own
queries and comments at the Chemistry World site and/or the CDS-UK
discussion list (also see menu bar
The CDS at Daresbury website will remain accessible after 02/01/13 as
a vehicle for providing any future information should it become
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There are some brief details of the proposed RSC service
We have recently been informed of the
set up by the RSC which gives some details of the facilities which
they expect to have available in their service at its inception.
You are invited to inspect this link.
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User access to databases ceases 02/01/13
As things stand all user access to the databases currently available
via the EPSRC Chemical Database Service at Darebury will cease on the
2nd of January 2013.
We still have not been given any information about details of the RSC
service other than the statement that it will begin operation on the
A fully functioning Service at Daresbury will operate until 2nd
January, but will be running unattended over the Christmas period
(24th December - 1st January).
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As yet the CDS team has received no contact with regard to details of
proposed transfer arrangements to the new service to be provided by
We have sent out another
to all registered CDS users.
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As things stand user access to the Daresbury Service will end shortly
Funding from the EPSRC for the Chemical Database Service at Daresbury
ceases at the end of December 2012.
There remains the distinct probability that we will not be able to
provide user access beyond that point.
We have send out a recent
to all registered CDS users.
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We still await further news
We apologise for the continuing lack of firm information of progress
in the proposed hand over of operation of the CDS to the current
We also have not been provided with any meaningful information on the
nature and scope of the service on offer from the RSC.
However, we have reasons to believe that it is likely to be
from what is currently being provided.
We have been informed by the EPSRC that they are pursuing all avenues
in an effort to facilitate the process.
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We are still unable to provide more hard information about any hand
over arrangements for the Service. Please accept our further
We appreciate that users may have concerns about this matter, but
unfortunately we are still subject to circumstances beyond the control
of members the current CDS team.
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We await details of the new Service
We apologise for delay in providing details about the transfer of the
There are apparently some current legal issues which need to be
resolved before we can be provided with more information to be passed
on to the community.
Hopefully we will be able to post further information very soon
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The EPSRC has given permission for the released the name of the
in its Tender Exercise to provide future
Chemical Database Facilities for the UK community.
The successfully bidder is the Royal Society of Chemistry. Some
further details are also given in the boxes at the head of this
The decision to select the RSC was, in fact, made early to mid August.
The contact person within the EPSRC is
is also happy to provide any further clarification if we can.
The current CDS team is clearly disappointed that the contract for
continued service provision has been awarded elsewhere, but hope to be
able to cooperate to provide a smooth transfer and so minimise any
disruption for the user community.
We have been informed by the EPSRC that they expect the RSC to have a
fully functioning service in place by 1st January 2013.