Vol. 31 No. 4
RSC Acquires ChemSpider
In May 2009, the Royal Society of Chemistry acquired ChemSpider, a free online service providing a structure centric community for chemists. Providing access to almost 21.5 million unique chemical entities sourced from over 200 different data sources and integration to a multitude of other online services, ChemSpider is the richest single source of structure-based chemistry information.
Alan McNaught, coordinator of the IUPAC International Chemical Identifier project, feels the RSC is committed to expanding this important online resource: “I am immensely pleased that ChemSpider’s ground-breaking initiative, developed on a wing and a prayer and much individual goodwill, is now supported by the most innovative of national chemical societies.”
Antony Williams, the original host of ChemSpider, is excited by the new possibilities: “What originally started as a hobby project to give back something to the chemistry community has become one of the primary Internet resources for chemistry. And this from home-built computers in a basement, with no funding and a team of volunteers. With the resources, reputation, and vision of the RSC to support ChemSpider, our long-term goal is to deliver the primary online platform where chemists will resource information and collaborate with a worldwide community of scientists.”
The ChemSpider development team will continue to be located in the USA and the ChemSpider website will be relaunched later in the year.
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