Web Services for Accessing PDB Data
Web Services can help software developers build tools that efficiently interact with PDB data. Instead of storing coordinate files and related data locally, Web Services let software tools access the RCSB PDB remotely. Detailed documentation for accessing these Web Services is available (RESTful | SOAP).
RESTful services exchange XML files in response to URL requests. RESTful search services return a list of IDs for Advanced Search and SMILES-based queries. RESTful fetch services return data when given IDs, including PDB entity descriptions, ligand information, third-party annotations for protein chains, and PDB to UniProtKB mappings. Web Services can also be used to generate pre-defined summary and customizable reports for query results. A new service for accessing pre-released sequences in FASTA format has been recently added.
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