The XCITR Resource for Exploring Chemical Information Teaching Resources moves to RSC

24 Feb

As announced in a recent post to the CHMINF list server the XCITR resource has been transferred to the Royal Society of Chemistry as its new home. If you are interested in finding chemical information teaching resources, and hopefully posting your own (!) then you will now find XCITR at We look forward to supporting the XCITR advisory board as we reinvigorate the site in terms of hosting new content and look forward to your feedback as to what we can do to improve the service. My thanks to my colleagues Valery Tkachenko, Dan Ging and James Stevens especially for all of the work they did to make the transfer work. I work with great people!

XCITR –  Explore Chemical Information Teaching Resources

 I am delighted to announce that XCITR has found a new home. After a successful transfer from FIZ Chemie Berlin, the program is now hosted and maintained by the eScience group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is accessible at

We are very grateful and thank FIZ Chemie, especially Prof. Rene Deplanque, Dr. Gregor Zimmermann and Dr. Ira Fresen, for hosting and maintaining the program in the past.  Their efforts in the development of XCITR are very much appreciated.

The purpose is to alleviate the availability and distribution of instructional material in chemical information.  XCITR is a hub in which librarians, instructors and information providers deposit and access important and useful teaching materials. Additionally, one can find educational materials about library services and collections.

The open source system uses Drupal to make full use of Web 2.0 functionalities. Contents can be provided as documents (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and PDF files), embedded videos (from or slideshows (from, and as external web based instructional materials by providing a link.  At present, over 50 documents have been submitted. All submissions are evaluated by an Editorial Committee to make sure that they are within the scope of the collection. The system is available at and can be accessed without a password for browsing.

We urge readers to become familiar with XCITR and its content and to submit instructional material that may be of interest and help to other information specialists.

Pull-down menus help make it quick and easy to supply metadata for a resource.  When finished, please choose “Review” on the Workflow tab to initiate the submission process with the editorial board.

Details of the program and its history are available in the Fall 2011 CCCE Newsletter at

Please contact me if you have any questions at

Guenter Grethe


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 ( 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 (, 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 ( and the RSC lead for the PharmaSea project ( 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, 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.
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