Welcome to the ChemConnector Blog. This blog will be a chemmunication vehicle for the website www.chemconnector.com, to go online shortly. As many of you will know me from the ChemSpider blog you will likely be aware that I took a sabbatical after 10 years working a company and have taken a few months down. For the time-being my intention is to spend some time consulting for groups and organizations interested in utilizing my skills and growing the business of ChemConnector – Connecting Scientists to Problem Solvers. This, of course, in parallel to the ongoing work on ChemSpider. More on this will come shortly but essentially I hope to work with my extended network of friends, colleagues, partners and contacts in science to help solve problems for chemists. It may be in the cheminformatics domain utilizing the ChemSpider team, commercial service providers or Open Source proponents. It may be in the world of chemical synthesis by connecting chemists to custom synthesis houses or vendors (you will see an increasing trend towards social networking for chemists on ChemSpider in the future). It may be in the realm of the application of analytical science to solving structure elucidation problems or setting up an analytical facility. It may be in the authoring of reports and materials of scientific interest. It’s an exciting opportunity and very invigorating – I’ll get to work with people I respect, work on solving problems of interest and, I believe, stay connected to the multiple facets of a changing environment.
For the past 8 months I’ve been running two blogs associated with ChemSpider…the ChemSpider blog and the ChemSpider News blog. These had different intents – the ChemSpider blog was to cover the general directions, vision, activities, challenges and community conversations about the ChemSpider service. The ChemSpider News was to cover details of new functionality as it was rolled out. What has happened is that the postings on ChemSpider News regarding new functionality have been missed by the readers of the blog as a result of the readership being different (and different subscriptions to Feedburner being in place). This has not been good for the ChemSpider users since they have not been getting the latest and greatest news about new functionality. It’s a great shame to deliver new functionality and not have people use it for weeks on end because they don’t know about it.
What I’ve also been posting on the ChemSpider blog are my own personal views regarding a whole variety of issues…none of them ChemSpider related. For example, my views on vaccines, on fluoride, on drugs, and on my views of various research undertakings. Recently John Doe took me to task in a recent response on the ChemSpider blog. While I vehemently disagree with his comment regarding the reasons behind my posting I have decided to separate news regarding ChemSpider and its mission, direction and new functionality from my own personal commentaries, pleas, musings and, once in a while, thigh-slapping fun exchanges (especially the ones about erectile dysfunction drugs and how the drug industry can learn from the golfing industry).
So, the ChemSpider News site, while it will remain online for past references it will be discontinued and all new functionality comments will be posted to the ChemSpider Blog. The ChemSpider blog will become just that…all about ChemSpider. Once in a while I’ll put a list of what’s been discussed here on ChemConnector in case any of the readers want to click over for a browse of a particular post. This blog, ChemConnector, is going to be for me to chemunicate…