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Date added 18 March 2009
Last edited 11 May 2009

Full Title

Crystallographic Information File


The Crystallographic Information File is an extensible standard file format for the exchange of crystallographic and related structured data. A CIF file is a profile of the more generally applicable STAR File Format (Self-Defining Text Archival and Retrieval).

Standards Developing Organisations



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Lifecycle Action

Access, Use and Reuse

Standard Framework

Digital Repository Standards

Standard Type

Metadata Structure Standards

Current Version

2002 - Crystallographic Information File, version 1.1 [external]
Available for download from the International Union of Crystallography.

Further Information

Alternative Current Versions


Previous Version

1991 - Crystallographic Information File, version 1.0 [external]
Available for download from the International Union of Crystallography

Referenced Standards