The internet is a rich source of chemistry related data and, nowadays, if a chemist knows how to initiate a search, data can be sourced for millions of chemicals online. The nature of online data varies from simple molecule diagrams, to experimental and predicted properties, encyclopedic articles, synthetic routes, analytical data, patents and publications. The array of information now accessible is distributed across thousands of sites giving rise to the information overload commonly associated with the Google-type searches on the internet. In addition the purest language of chemistry, that of chemical structures, is not fully supported on the web as yet. This presentation will provide an overview of how the internet is being meshed together using data aggregation and standardization approaches to enable a structure-searchable internet for chemistry. The speaker will present an overview of the ChemSpider platform (http://www.chemspider.com), the challenges of linking together over 400 internet resources and 26 million unique chemicals, and discuss how members of the chemistry community can directly contribute to enhancing the availability of quality data online.
This is a movie of the talk I gave using the BigBlueButton platform to students and faculty at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.