Yesterday I gave a talk at the 5th Meeting on U.S. Government Chemical Databases and Open Chemistry hosted by Mark Nicklaus. It was a great meeting. A lot of like minded people and some great work going on to provide access to chemical databases. I’ll blog more when I get back from the ACS Denver meeting this coming week. For now I am simply putting up a copy of the talk I gave.
“ChemSpider is a structure centric database hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry and integrating over 25 million chemical compounds to over 400 internet-based resources including many public domain databases, Wikipedia, chemical vendors, patents, publications and other web-based services. The intention is for ChemSpider to become one of the primary online hubs for chemists to source chemistry related data. During the development of the ChemSpider database we have utilized numerous approaches to standardizing, curating and validating the data supplied to us for hosting and integration. This presentation will provide an overview of our initial development of the ChemSpider database and provide an overview of our present processes and procedures for handling incoming data depositions. We will also discuss how crowdsourcing can help to expand, curate and validate the data on the ChemSpider database.”