Volume 3, Issue 3; September 2001
Editor: Jonathan M Goodman
- Index of Chemists
- An index of academic chemists world wide, automatically generated from
the Chemistry 2000 list of
departments, and regularly checked. The list currently contains almost ten thousand names.
- mmCIF is a macromolecular Crystallographic Information File format, based on the earlier
(S R Hall, F H Allen and I D Brown (1991) A new standard archive file for crystallography Acta Cryst, A47, 655-685).
- Nature debate on e-access to literature
- This forum, on the impact of the Web on the publishing of the
results of original research, contains useful articles and opinions.
The most recent opinion "The future of the electronic scientific literature"
concludes that diversity is required and it would be unwise to be limited to a
single economic or technological method.
- Ensembl is a joint project between EMBL - EBI and the Sanger Centre to
develop a software system which produces and maintains automatic
annotation on eukaryotic genomes. Ensembl is primarily funded by the Wellcome Trust.
- Google's Successor
- Google is an extremely effective search
engine. Is it the best? If so, will it stay being the best? A number of other search engines
are hoping to challenge it, including WiseNut,
- The importance of meta data
- Meta data is data about data. Why should this be important?
article explains how it has been important in the development of computer
operating systems, and how, with the benefit of hind site, things could have been done
better. Perhaps the experience of operating system design will be useful in the
application of metadata to other areas.
- W3C adopts SVG
- SVG, scalable vector graphics
from Adobe, have been adopted by the world wide web consortium.
- Chemical Java programs
- Marvin is a Java based chemistry software that is available as applets, applications
or Java beans. A new version has just been released.
Marvin Applets and Marvin JavaBeans 2.9, JChem and JKlustor 1.5.10
have been released. The packages contain applications and development
tools. The programs draw and display chemical structures, provide
chemical database searching capabilities
and support for diversity calculations.
- Scirus is a new science-only search
engine from Elsevier. Because it is focussed on science sites, it ought to be much
better than other search engines, such as Google
when faced with scientific data. But is it? What would constitute a fair test?
When used to look for a few chemists, it worked less well than
Chemistry 2000 and also less well
than Google. However, this test on a few
keywords was neither exhaustive nor representative.
- The MEROPS database provides a wealth of information on proteases.
It is run from the Babraham Institute
- Minnesota Biocatalysis/Biodegradation
- Microbial biocatalytic reactions and biodegradation pathways
primarily for xenobiotic, chemical compounds.
- What is there? (WIT)
- Interactive Metabolic Reconstruction on the web.
© 2001 J M Goodman, Cambridge