In his ongoing comments regarding our efforts here at ChemSpider Peter Murray-Rust has provided “interesting feedback”. This is one of MANY commentaries (1,2,3,….). Despite repeated requests to direct his comments directly to us/me, and suggestions to use the feedback form or participate on our blogs he prefers to comment on his blog.
For those of you who read our blogs and watch our service I hope that you see we are responsive to requests and feedback. I have chosen to take all comments, however directed, as opportunities for improvement so, in less than 24 hours, and because of the commitment of our development team to help preserve our reputation, here’s what we have done…
We looked at the CrystalEye system as a model of Open Data. CrystalEye is hosted by Peter’s Lab. We took this as an appropriate model and now when a user submits spectral data to ChemSpider they have a CHOICE to make the data Open or not. Their choice, not ours. This is a simple checkbox as shown below.
The Open Data policies are those listed here. When a user allows us to host their data as Open Data then we allow others to download it and use it. When a spectrum is submitted as Open Data then those data can be downloadable. Simply click on the DOWNLOAD SPECTRUM button as shown in the image below (an example spectrum here) and you can download the JCAMP spectrum to your desktop.
Welcome to the world of Open Data on ChemSpider.