Category Archives: Open PHACTS

Open innovation and chemistry data management contributions from the Royal Society of Chemistry resulting from the Open PHACTS project at #ACSsanfran

This is my presentation on Thursday 14th August at the ACS Meeting in San Francisco

Open innovation and chemistry data management contributions from the Royal Society of Chemistry resulting from the Open PHACTS project

The Royal Society of Chemistry was pleased to contribute to the Open PHACTS project, a 3 year project funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative fund from the European Union. For three years we developed our existing platforms, created new and innovative widgets and data platforms to handle chemistry data, extended existing chemistry ontologies and embraced the semantic web open standards. As a result RSC served as the centralized chemistry data hub for the project. With the conclusion of the Open PHACTS project we will report on our experiences resulting from our participation in the project and provide an overview of what tools, capabilities and data have been released into the community as a result of our participation and how this may influence future projects. This will include the Open PHACTS open chemistry data dump including the chemistry related data in chemistry and semantic web consumable formats as well as some of the resulting chemistry software released to the community. The Open PHACTS project resulted in significant contributions to the chemistry community as well as the supporting pharmaceutical companies and biomedical community.


Current Initiatives in Developing Research Data Repositories at the Royal Society of Chemistry

I presented at the Food and Drug Administration today regarding some of our efforts to develop a research data repository for the community. The abstract and presentation from Slideshare is below.

Current Initiatives in Developing Research Data Repositories at the Royal Society of Chemistry

Access to scientific information has changed in a manner that was likely never even imagined by the early pioneers of the internet. The quantities of data, the array of tools available to search and analyze, the devices and the shift in community participation continues to expand while the pace of change does not appear to be slowing. RSC hosts a number of chemistry data resources for the community including ChemSpider, one of the community’s primary online public compound databases. Containing tens of millions of chemical compounds and its associated data ChemSpider serves data tens of thousands of chemists every day and it serves as the foundation for many important international projects to integrate chemistry and biology data, facilitate drug discovery efforts and help to identify new chemicals from under the ocean. This presentation will provide an overview of the expanding reach of this cheminformatics platform and the nature of the solutions that it helps to enable including structure validation and text mining and semantic markup. ChemSpider is limited in scope as a chemical compound database and we are presently architecting the RSC Data Repository, a platform that will enable us to extend our reach to include chemical reactions, analytical data, and diverse data depositions from chemists across various domains. We will also discuss the possibilities it offers in terms of supporting data modeling and sharing. The future of scientific information and communication will be underpinned by these efforts, influenced by increasing participation from the scientific community.


Presentation at the 2014 Allen Press Emerging Trends in Scholarly Publishin Seminar

Today I gave a presentation at the 2014 Allen Press Emerging Trends in Scholarly Publishing™ Seminar here in Washington DC. Over coffee I had very positive feedback about what we are doing at RSC and various comments about “real science exposed by a publisher”. The abstract and Slideshare presentation are below.

The Application of Text and Data Mining to Enhance the Royal Society of Chemistry Publication Archive

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is one of the world’s most prominent scientific societies and STM publishers. Our contributions to the scientific community include the delivery of a myriad of resources to support the chemistry community to access chemistry-related data, information and knowledge. This includes ChemSpider, a compound centric platform linking together over 30 million chemical compounds with internet-based resources. Using this compound database and its associated chemical identifiers as a basis the RSC is utilizing text and data mining approaches to data enable our published archive of scientific publications. This presentation will provide an overview of our technical approaches to text and data enable our archive of scientific articles, how we are developing an integrated database of chemical compounds, reactions, physical and analytical data and how it will be used to facilitate scientific discovery.


Practical semantics in the pharmaceutical industry – the Open PHACTS project

This is ,y fourth talk at the ACS Indianapolis Conference:

Practical semantics in the pharmaceutical industry – the Open PHACTS project

The information revolution has transformed many business sectors over the last decade and the pharmaceutical industry is no exception. Developments in scientific and information technologies have unleashed an avalanche of content on research scientists who are struggling to access and filter this in an efficient manner. Furthermore, this domain has traditionally suffered from a lack of standards in how entities, processes and experimental results are described, leading to difficulties in determining whether results from two different sources can be reliably compared. The need to transform the way the life-science industry uses information has led to new thinking about how companies should work beyond their firewalls. In this talk we will provide an overview of the traditional approaches major pharmaceutical companies have taken to knowledge management and describe the business reasons why pre-competitive, cross-industry and public-private partnerships have gained much traction in recent years. We will consider the scientific challenges concerning the integration of biomedical knowledge, highlighting the complexities in representing everyday scientific objects in computerised form. This leads us to discuss how the semantic web might lead us to a long-overdue solution. The talk will be illustrated by focusing on the EU-Open PHACTS initiative (, established to provide a unique public-private infrastructure for pharmaceutical discovery. The aims of this work will be described and how technologies such as just-in-time identity resolution, nanopublication and interactive visualisations are helping to build a powerful software platform designed to appeal to directly to scientific users across the public and private sectors.