Monday, February 26, 2007

The Semantic Chemist

I recently interviewed Robert Parker, Managing Director of RSC Publishing, you can read the interview in the February issue of chemistry news magazine Reactive Reports in which he discusses a new approach to the publication of scientific papers, RSC Prospect, and how it will benefit readers and the scientific community at large. It would be interesting to know what UsefulChem users think to the RSC's new approach to meta data and a semantic chemical web.

"We needed a meaningful way of identifying compounds uniquely and one that's machine readable—InChI fits the bill. Similarly, CML offers us a way of structuring lots of the science within a paper to both preserve the original science and do interesting things with it, and by demonstrating some of these applications, we hope to encourage wider adoption," Parker told me.


At 10:20 AM, Blogger Dave Bradley said...

I've fixed the typo in the URL for the interview. I take it Usefulchem'ers found their own way there. Any thoughts on RSC Prospect? A worthy effort or a mere iteration?


At 10:50 AM, Blogger Jean-Claude Bradley said...

Dave - yes I saw Prospect from another blog so I didn't click on your link. When I checked there were few entries but I see where they are going with it and it is definitely worth the effort. How relevant it is for us depends on whether their journals happen to cover the chemistry we are doing. If they are and they are well indexed their importance will become evident as we routinely search for the information we need.


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