Spectral Game update
The end of February 09 has come and gone and nobody hit the 100 points to win the molecular model kit I announced earlier for the Spectral Game. The highest score in that time period was 75.
Since my CHEM242 class is having 2 tests and one exam in the next 3 weeks I thought I would make the next prize available to them exclusively. The student from that class who scores highest by 9:50 Wednesday March 4, 2009 will win a molecular model kit. That happens to be the end of class on that day. The scores have been reset.
The game has been improved considerably during the past few weeks. A few security flaws were fixed, including modifying what metadata can be viewed via JSpecView and preventing the refresh button from selecting a new set of molecules. The game play was also changed to get increasingly more difficult over time, including adding more molecules and a timeout after the first set of ten spectra. This work was a collaboration between Andrew Lang, Antony Williams, Robert Lancashire and myself.
We are very excited by what we have put together so far. There are currently 457 H NMR, 389 C NMR, 11 IR and 29 NIR spectra. This is only possible because of people who submitted their spectra to ChemSpider as Open Data - please keep uploading!
The game has been played 1,824 times, viewing the spectra a total of 8,652 times - with a lot of curation by users. (If you see something wrong with a spectrum you can write a note and that helps us clean up the database). We have had 612 unique visitors from 37 different countries - a total of 13,919 page views in just over two weeks!
We now have a wiki with key links relating to the game. I also added the NMR notes from my CHEM242 class and we'll keep collecting resources. This could become a helpful resource to learn about NMR and practice it by playing the game.