Chemical Informatics Letters

Volume 1, Issue 5; November 2000

Editor: Jonathan M Goodman


Who Owns Lecture Notes?
In California, a bill has been passed which answers this question - the lecturer does, in the absence of an agreement to the contrary. This introduces a ban on the commercial redistribution of lecture notes, and requires the Californian Universities to take action.

The Scientific World
A new 'Personal Portal to Science' launched on September 27th, 2000, which includes over 20 000 journals in its database. Articles can also be published through 'i-Publish' a new approach to the traditional idea of a journal, which pays its authors royalties! The scientific advisory board includes Professor Alan Fersht.

Lhasa is a program to help plan organic syntheses, originally developed by E J Corey at Harvard.

The Dublin Core
The Dublin Core is a set of core elements which can usefully be used to structure metadata. The name comes from a workshop in Dublin, Ohio.

BioXML is a resource to gather XML documentation, DTDs and tools for biology in one central location. The goal is to provide the biology community with a set of standard XML tags to facilitate data exchange.

Manchester Bioinformatics
The Bioinformatics Unit at Manchester University comprises four groups, headed by Dr Terri Attwood, Dr Andy Brass, Dr Paul Higgs and Dr Erich Bornberg-Bauer. The projects in the unit include studies of carbohydrate structure in solution, protein-protein interactions, polymeric materials, structure and evolution of RNA, and systems for access to multiple biological databases.

The IUPAC working party on spectroscopic data standards is defining the JCAMP-DX format.

Web Sites:

National Biotechnology Information Facility
The NBIF is located at New Mexico State University and provide a single point of access to a vast store of widely distributed biotechnology data as well as developing new educational and bioinformatics services.

BioTech is a biology/chemistry educational resource and research tool located in the laboratory of Andrew Ellington at the University of Texas at Austin. It has many links and articles on various biological and chemical topics.

Chemical Genealogy Database
A large database tracing the scientific "ancestry" of chemists back through their PhD advisors. The database shows some University of Illinois bias, but is a interesting general data source.

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