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CIF stands for Crystallographic Information File and also Crystallographic Information Framework. They are promoted and standardised by the International Union of Crystallography. See Documentation and Resources for Users and Developers of CIF Software. The Wikipedia entry is "Crystallographic Information File".
CIF files encoded with the current version should begin with the 11 bytes #\#CIF_1.1 immediately followed by whitespace.
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