My presentation at the ORCID Meeting

22 May
Last week I visited Boston for a day to attend the ORCID meeting. ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID. I can honestly say it was the worst trip of the year to date…and I travel a LOT! It’s nothing to do with the meeting…that was super…it was the travel. I was supposed to fly DIRECT to Boston at lunchtime on Tuesday and arrived at the airport at 10:30am only to get an alert on my phone that the flight was delayed until 2:30pm. So I left to find a Starbucks to enjoy my coffee and wifi and returned at 1:30pm. The flight was delayed and delayed then cancelled due to mechanical failure. Then all Boston flights were booked and I was routed through Columbus Ohio. That flight was delayed from 5:50pm to 6:25pm then eventually took off at 7:30pm. We arrived in Columbus for a 25 minute layover that was extended to 1.5 hours. We landed in Boston at **:00pm, followed by an “exciting” taxi ride to the hotel. Oh joy…14 hours of traveling…that’s twice what it takes to fly to the UK for me! Such is life on the road…often.
Anyhow, I attended the ORCID meeting to discuss how we would be interested in using a unique ResearcherID on ChemSpider. How could it be of value to our system? We have of course been allowing people to deposit, annotate and curate data on ChemSpider since just after inception. Where would we want to use ORCID identifiers? Some obvious ideas are as follows when the ORCID identifier is available:
1) When someone registers on the site then we can ask them to provide their ORCID
2) When someone curates data or when they deposit structures, spectra, DOIS, images etc. then track their activities and associate it with their ORCID
3) On their profile page aggregate stats regarding their activities on ChemSpider, their publications, their SLideshare presentations (that should have ORCIDs for scientists!), and their “AltMetrics
4) Aggregating all RSC articles, new and old (with some work on the archive!) under the authors ORCID.
We look forward to seeing ORCID come online.
I did receive this email from SlideShare telling me that the talk was “active” on SlideShare:
“The value of researcher identifiers to ChemSpider” is being talked about on LinkedIn more than anything else on SlideShare right now. So we’ve put it on the homepage of (in the “Hot on LinkedIn” section).
Well done!
– SlideShare Team
It’s inserted below….

About tony

Antony (Tony) J. Williams received his BSc in 1985 from the University of Liverpool (UK) and PhD in 1988 from the University of London (UK). His PhD research interests were in studying the effects of high pressure on molecular motions within lubricant related systems using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. He moved to Ottawa, Canada to work for the National Research Council performing fundamental research on the electron paramagnetic resonance of radicals trapped in single crystals. Following his postdoctoral position he became the NMR Facility Manager for Ottawa University. Tony joined the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York as their NMR Technology Leader. He led the laboratory to develop quality control across multiple spectroscopy labs and helped establish walk-up laboratories providing NMR, LC-MS and other forms of spectroscopy to hundreds of chemists across multiple sites. This included the delivery of spectroscopic data to the desktop, automated processing and his initial interests in computer-assisted structure elucidation (CASE) systems. He also worked with a team to develop the worlds’ first web-based LIMS system, WIMS, capable of allowing chemical structure searching and spectral display. With his developing cheminformatic skills and passion for data management he left corporate America to join a small start-up company working out of Toronto, Canada. He joined ACD/Labs as their NMR Product Manager and various roles, including Chief Science Officer, during his 10 years with the company. His responsibilities included managing over 50 products at one time prior to developing a product management team, managing sales, marketing, technical support and technical services. ACD/Labs was one of Canada’s Fast 50 Tech Companies, and Forbes Fast 500 companies in 2001. His primary passions during his tenure with ACD/Labs was the continued adoption of web-based technologies and developing automated structure verification and elucidation platforms. While at ACD/Labs he suggested the possibility of developing a public resource for chemists attempting to integrate internet available chemical data. He finally pursued this vision with some close friends as a hobby project in the evenings and the result was the ChemSpider database ( Even while running out of a basement on hand built servers the website developed a large community following that eventually culminated in the acquisition of the website by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Tony joined the organization, together with some of the other ChemSpider team, and became their Vice President of Strategic Development. At RSC he continued to develop cheminformatics tools, specifically ChemSpider, and was the technical lead for the chemistry aspects of the Open PHACTS project (, a project focused on the delivery of open data, open source and open systems to support the pharmaceutical sciences. He was also the technical lead for the UK National Chemical Database Service ( and the RSC lead for the PharmaSea project ( attempting to identify novel natural products from the ocean. He left RSC in 2015 to become a Computational Chemist in the National Center of Computational Toxicology at the Environmental Protection Agency where he is bringing his skills to bear working with a team on the delivery of a new software architecture for the management and delivery of data, algorithms and visualization tools. The “Chemistry Dashboard” was released on April 1st, no fooling, at, and provides access to over 700,000 chemicals, experimental and predicted properties and a developing link network to support the environmental sciences. Tony remains passionate about computer-assisted structure elucidation and verification approaches and continues to publish in this area. He is also passionate about teaching scientists to benefit from the developing array of social networking tools for scientists and is known as the ChemConnector on the networks. Over the years he has had adjunct roles at a number of institutions and presently enjoys working with scientists at both UNC Chapel Hill and NC State University. He is widely published with over 200 papers and book chapters and was the recipient of the Jim Gray Award for eScience in 2012. In 2016 he was awarded the North Carolina ACS Distinguished Speaker Award.
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