Chemical Informatics Letters

Volume 2, Issue 5; May 2001

Editor: Jonathan M Goodman


Semantic Web
A new form of Web content that is meaningful to computers will unleash a revolution of new possibilities, according to an article in Scientific American by Tim Berners-Lee and others. If knowledge representation can be added to the internet it would create a Semantic Web, so computers would have access to structured collections of information and sets of inference rules that could be used to conduct automated reasoning. More information on the semantic web is available from the WWW consortium

Curl is a new computer language that is designed for client side programs, like Java applets. Will it be a major competitor for Java? It is too early to tell, but the project is supported by Michael L. Dertouzos, Director of the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science and Timothy Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web and Director of the W3C.

What is Project JXTA? Project JXTA started as a research project incubated at Sun Microsystems, Inc. under the guidance of Bill Joy and Mike Clary, to explore new styles of distributed computing. Its goal is to explore a vision of distributed computing using peer-to-peer topology, and to develop basic building blocks and services that would enable innovative applications for peer groups. JXTA is short for Juxtapose. It is a recognition that peer to peer is juxtapose to client server or Web based computing -- what is considered today's traditional computing model.

Calculation of logP in a web browser
The neuro-heuristic laboratory in Switzerland has made an applet for calculating log P available.

Accelrys is the new name for the company formed from MSI, Synopsys, Oxford Molecular and the Genetics Computer Group.

The Metamath Proof Explorer has 60 MBytes of web pages containing over 3000 completely worked out proofs in logic and set theory, interconnected with more than 130000 hyperlinked cross-references. Each proof is pieced together with razor-sharp precision using simple rules, allowing almost anyone with a technical bent to follow it without difficulty

Manchester Bioinformatics
Four academic staff do research on various aspects of bioinformatics, including UMBER a specialist node of EMBnet the European Molecular Biology Network.

Toxicology links
The ACS division of Chemical Toxicology has a list of toxicology links.

Collaborative Computational Projects (CCPs)
CCPs were established to assist universities in developing, maintaining and distributing computer programs and promoting the best computational methods. Each focuses on a specific area of research and are funded by the UK's EPSRC, PPARC and BBSRC Research Councils. The CCP projects were set up by The Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CLRC) High Performance Computing Initiative (HPCI) Centre.

Web Sites:

Molecular Modelling Laboratory
Molecular Modelling Laboratory, run by Alexander Tropsha

Graphics programming
The Graphics Programming Black Book by Michael Abrash is now available on the web.

Dr Oliver Smart's home page
Dr Smart's primary research interest is in using computational methods to link biomolecular function and structure.

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