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.