This project is intended to enable IUPAC
to maintain its leadership in the development of standard terminology
in chemistry by providing this information electronically in XML
form. This need was first discussed formally at a meeting held during
the 2001 General Assembly in Brisbane and further developed in an
IUPAC sponsored meeting in Cambridge in January, 2002.
The proposed project will begin by examining
all current and archival IUPAC projects that provide standard terminology,
data and data descriptions along with relevant programs under development
elsewhere. On the basis of this examination, practical methods will
be developed to express results of relevant IUPAC projects in a
format that will enable this information to have its broadest possible
impact. All necessary processing of existing information will be
done, which will include the generation of appropriate XML data
dictionaries for Internet distribution. Examples of possible targets
for initial implementation are the contents of the IUPAC 'Gold'
and 'Green' Books.
This project will also initiate discussions
with representatives of various disciplines represented within IUPAC
to assess the desirability of establishing recommended 'namespaces'
within these specialist areas. Such namespaces are required for
reliable electronic communication of chemical information by XML.
This program will also provide guidelines
for distributing terminology arising from future IUPAC projects
as well as for maintaining a reliable reference location for legacy
terminologies under the iupac.org domain.
The project was presented at the CAS/IUPAC Conference on Chemical
Identifiers and XML for Chemistry be held in Columbus Ohio on 1
pdf file of this presentation (pdf file - 553KB)
A combined meeting for two related IUPAC projects, this XML Data
Dictionary Project (#2002-022-1-024) and the IUPAC
Chemical Identifier (IChI) Project (#2000-025-1-800), will be
held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST,
Gaithersburg, Maryland, US) on November 12-14, 2003 (Wed
- Fri). A detailed agenda is being developed, although it is planned
that XML project will take place during the first two days (Nov
12-13) and the IChI discussion will take place over the last two
days (Nov 13-14); for a report on this meeting, see Chem.
- XML version 1.0.0. (release 29 Sep 2006) of the IUPAC Compendium
of Chemical Terminology (the
Last update: 12 March 2007
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