Today I gave a presentation at FACCS 2010 here in Raleigh, NC. The abstract and embedded SlideShare presentation are listed below.
Building a Community Resource of Open Spectral Data
ChemSpider is an online database of almost 25 million chemical compounds sourced from over 300 different sources including government laboratories, chemical vendors, public resources and publications. Developed with the intention of building community for chemists ChemSpider allows its users to deposit data including structures, properties, links to external resources and various forms of spectral data. Over the past three years ChemSpider has aggregated almost 3000 spectra including Infrared and Raman Data and continues to expand as the community deposits additional data. The majority of spectral data is licensed as Open Data allowing it to be downloaded and reused in presentations, lesson plans and for teaching purposes. This presentation will provide an overview of our efforts to build a structure-indexed online database of spectral data, initiate a call to action to the community to participate in improving this resource for the community at large and discuss how such a resource could be used as the basis of a spectral game to teach students spectral interpretation.