ChemSpider – Does Community Engagement work to Build a Quality Online Resource for Chemists?

30 Aug

This is my presentation at the Skolnik Symposium at ACS Denver to honor the contributions of Alexander “Sandy” Lawson to our domain of Cheminformatics.

ChemSpider – Does Community Engagement work to Build a Quality Online Resource for Chemists?

With an intention to provide a high quality free internet resource of chemistry related data for the community, ChemSpider has aggregated almost 25 million compounds linked out to over 400 data sources and provided a platform for the community to both deposit and curate data. This experiment in crowdsourcing for chemistry has now been running for over three years. This presentation will review a number of aspects of the project including (a) the level of community participation in depositing and curating data; (b) the nature of data and content supplied by the community; (c) how ChemSpider is used by the community; (d) using game-based systems to assist in data curation; (e) algorithmic-based approaches to data validation and filtering; and (f) sharing data curation efforts with other online databases.



About tony

Founder of ChemZoo Inc., the host of ChemSpider ( 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 ( 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 ( 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.
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