Over the past few weeks I have been collaborating with JC Bradley and Andy Lang to develop a curated source of melting point data. JC, as usual, has eloquently detailed the story to this point over on his blog. The findings to date have been fascinating and I won’t retell them on this blog. I recommend these posts from JC Bradley read in order…they tell the bulk of the story spread over a number of months. Fascinating reading in terms of quality, cross validation of data and errors in the data sources.
My role has been to help out with the processing of data, curating data using some of the procedures developed while reviewing data over the past few years, and helping to source data. It’s been a great collaboration but JC and Andy have done the heavy lifting…and done it well!
The work has culminated in the release of a book to both Nature Precedings and available via Lulu as JC has described here. As he said “Now that the book has been accepted by Nature Precedings, it provides a convenient mechanism for citation via DOI, a formal author list, version control, etc. The book is also now available from LuLu.com either as a free PDF download or a physical copy. Because the book runs 699 pages (it covers 2706 unique compounds) the lowest price we could get is $30.96,
which just covers printing and shipping.” It will be interesting to see whether people buy the book or simply go electronic. Time will tell.