Chapter 4.6 Image dictionary (imgCIF)

Definition and exchange of crystallographic data

First Online Edition (2006)

Part 4. Data dictionaries

  1. A. P. Hammersley1,
  2. H. J. Bernstein2,
  3. J. D. Westbrook3

Published Online: 1 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1107/97809553602060000746

International Tables for Crystallography

International Tables for Crystallography

How to Cite

Hammersley, A. P., Bernstein, H. J. and Westbrook, J. D. 2006. Image dictionary (imgCIF). International Tables for Crystallography. G:4:4.6:444–458.

Author Information

  1. 1

    ESRF/EMBL Grenoble, 6 rue Jules Horowitz, France

  2. 2

    Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Kramer Science Center, Dowling College, Idle Hour Blvd, Oakdale, NY 11769, USA

  3. 3

    Protein Data Bank, Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, 610 Taylor Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8087, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2006


This is version 1.3.2 of the image CIF dictionary (imgCIF) and crystallographic binary file (CBF) dictionary. Use of this dictionary is described in Chapter 3.7. The CBF format is described in Chapter 2.3 and Chapter 5.6 describes a software library for manipulating image data. The data names defined here extend the macromolecular CIF dictionary (Chapter 4.5).


  • crystallography;
  • CIF;
  • CIF dictionaries;
  • Crystallographic Information File;
  • imgCIF;
  • image-supporting Crystallographic Information File;
  • data names;
  • data categories;
  • DDL2