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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

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 (www.chemspider.com). 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 (http://www.openphacts.org), 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 (http://cds.rsc.org/) and the RSC lead for the PharmaSea project (http://www.pharma-sea.eu/) 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 https://comptox.epa.gov, 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.
 

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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