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Announcing the SciMobileApps Wiki for Community Based Listing of Science Apps

21 Jun

I am sure that most of you are already smartphone or tablet users as many people visiting this blog are, like me, interested in the latest technologies. I’ve been a smartphone user for a number of years and certainly did get caught up in the iPhone and iPod wave using both mobile technologies. Now with the Android OS abounding on both phone and tablet it will be interesting to see how the next few years play out for me in terms of dedication to Apple technologies.

With the “world of Apps” came a lot of interest in how science would make use of this new technology platform. I have given presentations on “Mobilizing Chemistry” and it has had over 3000 views.  I’ve written an article with Harry Pence regarding SmartPhones in the classroom and have been very passionate about making sure that ChemSpider is supported on mobile platforms with ChemMobi [Working with James Jack 1,2] as well as the Mobile Browser support work done by Sergey Shevelev in our team [3,4]. While my personal bias is chemistry clearly apps cover all of science….and these scienceapps are growing in number.

I am fortunate to have worked with a terrific group of co-authors to pen an article regarding “Mobilizing Chemistry in the World of Drug Discovery”. This article, written by Sean Ekins, Alex Clark, Rich Apodaca, James Jack and myself  was submitted today. In parallel Sean and I decided that since we had done the work to assemble a collection of apps for the article it made total sense to keep track of this on an ongoing basis so we’ve set up a wiki so that the community can help us track what is available. This wiki is at www.SciMobileApps.com and offers you the opportunity to update the wiki with an overview of a scientific app or your review of an app that might already be there. Wikipedia is very cautious about having articles posted on apps as they see them primarily as advertising. We are of the opinion that this site can serve the ability of advertising your apps if you are willing to put in the work to list it. As long as you do this in an appropriate manner, much as emulated by Alex Clark with his MMDS, MolPrime, Yield101 and Reaction101 apps, there is no problem.

It is assumed that most of you will know how to edit in the world of MediaWiki. If not I suggest looking for basic MediaWiki instructions online (it’s the same platform as used for Wikipedia!). As you will see the SciMobileApps is NOT just for chemistry but for all forms of science as listed on the Main Page and can even be extended as the community sees fit. As time allows we’ll put together a page of help tips for you to follow and maybe a short movie. This is an after-hours project only and is aligned with the publication we have submitted for publication. This is simply a community resource for scientists. Enjoy. We welcome your feedback.

 

 

About tony

Founder of ChemZoo Inc., the host of ChemSpider (www.chemspider.com). ChemSpider is an open access online database of chemical structures and property transaction based services to enable chemists around the world to data mine chemistry databases. The Royal Society of Chemistry acquired ChemSpider in May 2009. Presently working as a consortium member of the OpenPHACTS IMI project (http://www.openphacts.org/). This focuses on how drug discovery can utilize semantic technologies to improve decision making and brings together 22 European team members to develop an infrastructure to link together public and private data for the drug discovery community. I am also involved with the PharmaSea FP7 project (http://www.pharma-sea.eu/) trying to identify new classes of marine natural products with potential pharmacological activity. I am also one of the hosts for three wikis for Science: ScientistsDB, SciMobileApps and SciDBs. Over the past decade I held many responsibilities including the direction of the development of scientific software applications for spectroscopy and general chemistry, directing marketing efforts, sales and business development collaborations for the company. Eight years experience of analytical laboratory leadership and management. Experienced in experimental techniques, implementation of new NMR technologies, walk-up facility management, research and development, manufacturing support and teaching. Ability to provide situation analysis, creative solutions and establish good working relationships. Prolific author with over a 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications, 3 patents and over 300 public presentations. Specialties Leadership in the domain of free access Chemistry, Product and project management, Organizational and Leadership development, Competitive analysis and Business Development, Entrepreneurial.
 

3 Responses to Announcing the SciMobileApps Wiki for Community Based Listing of Science Apps

  1. Kevin Theisen

    June 22, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Antony, this is a very nice resource. Thank you!

     
  2. Antony Williams, ChemConnector

    June 22, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Kevin…glad you like it. Since it is Wiki-based we hope that you will take advantage of the platform to expose the ChemDoodle components to the community. They are EXCELLENT tools!

     

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