Introduction to CSDU module “Programmatic access to the CSD 101 – CSD Python API”

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September 11, 2023

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  • Learn how to use the CSD Python API with this CSDU (self-guided training) module “Programmatic access to the CSD 101 – CSD Python API”. This video forms part of a short course that introduces scientists – including crystallographers and cheminformaticians, and developers to the basics of a Python API that allows you to explore over one million small molecule structures through videos, demonstrations, guided tutorials, and a test that can be completed at the end to earn a certificate. In this introductory video lesson we will cover: - 00:06 Learning outcomes. - 00:23 Where the CSD Python API fits in the CSD portfolio. - 00:45 What an API is and why you would use it. - 02:11 How the API interfaces your scripts and the library. - 04:04 The overall structure of the API, in particular structure handling: reading and writing, and searching. - 04:53 The overall structure of the API, data analysis and specialist tools. - 05:39 Structure handling with the CSD Python API. Learn about entry, crystal, molecule, and atoms, and which information you can extract from each class. - 07:26 Basics of searching with the CSD Python API. After watching this video, continue your CSDU module with the demo tutorials of structure handling (reading and writing, and searching) linked at the end of this video and in this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEtBZ08SGISeIbg8ptS9V2f2VAynj1aVx You can complete the U Try and U Test parts of this module on our website to earn a completion certificate: https://www.ccdc.cam.ac.uk/Community/educationalresources/CSDU/csd-python-api-101/ Note: This is not a python course. A basic knowledge of python and coding is required to make the most out of this module. This module is suitable for beginners of the CSD Python API. Follow us on social media: Instagram: @ccdc_cambridge Twitter: @ccdc_cambridge Facebook: Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) (ccdc.cambridge)

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