December 8, 2010 – Chemists have hundreds of data sources online covering tens of millions of different chemical compounds. Unfortunately, accessing that online data has not always been easy. ChemSpider, a free online database of chemicals and related information, may have solved that problem.

We found this information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s (RSC) site in their article, “A structure-based community for chemists.” Data will be exposed via web services, via semantic protocols such as the Resource Description Framework (RDF), and accessible through chemistry-based ontologies. 

ChemSpider was acquired by the RSC in May 2009. In five years’ time, the RSC will have its entire archive of articles integrated with the latest and greatest semantic markup technology. With business models constantly changing, RSC is leading the charge to provide solutions that deliver greater value. The whole concept of ChemSpider is about participation, not technology.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.