The ChemSpider team is a small group of passionate individuals. We all have day jobs. ChemSpider is innovated, extended and maintained during evenings and weekends, with the support of friends, family, collaborators and chemists wanting to make a difference.Hereâ€™s a disclaimer regarding one member of the team from the recent Press Release when ChemSpider integrated ACD/Labs properties “Disclaimer: ChemZoo, Inc., is founded by Dr. Antony Williams, who is also serving as VP and Chief Science Officer for ACD/Labs. ChemZoo and ChemSpider services are not affiliated with Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc., (ACD/Labs) and are developed independently of ACD/Labs initiatives.”
Antony Williamsâ€¦thatâ€™s me. To be clear, I work at ACD/Labs. I have just celebrated 10 years of employment with them, and proud to do so.
ChemSpider is a passion project, one that the team involved in producing really cares about. It is NOT our “job”. It is something we want to do. We have a lot of the necessary skills to make a valuable contribution to the chemistry community so we are going to do what we can to make a difference. We will likely make mistakes along the wayâ€¦weâ€™ve already had many successes. Having worked at a commercial chemistry software company for 10 years it is clear that we will not make everyone happy – we will have our evangelists and our critics. We will navigate the community feedback and provide value where we can with the intention of making a difference. ChemSpider went live on March 24 th â€¦only one month ago. To date we have successfully performed thousands of searches and transactions for chemists around the world on a beta release. That is a result we are proud of. What is to come in the next month will only add to the value of ChemSpider. Watch this spaceâ€¦