Chemical Informatics Letters

Volume 7, Issue 3; September 2003

Editor: Jonathan M Goodman

Element 110 is named darmstadtium on August 16th 2003
Element 110, discovered at GSI in Darmstadt, is officially called darmstadtium.

American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database
A crystal structure database that includes structures published in the American Mineralogist, The Canadian Mineralogist, and the European Journal of Mineralogy. The database is maintained under the care of the Mineralogical Society of America and the Mineralogical Association of Canada, and financed by the National Science Foundation.

TeX (LaTeX) made easier and open source. LyX is an open source document processor that encourages an approach to writing based on the structure of your documents, not their appearance. LyX lets you concentrate on writing, leaving details of visual layout to the software. It creates documents in a rigidly structured way, which suits some journals.

Cartage (Central Array of Relayed Transaction for the Advance of General Education) allows schools and individuals to share data and resources for the education community in Lebanon and the Middle East. One of the themes is Chemistry.

Directory of Chemical Engineers
This directory of chemical engineering faculty is run by Steve Swinnea from the University of Texas at Austin. This is an easier undertaking than a list of chemists (c2k), as chemical engineering is a smaller subject than chemistry, but an impressive database.

KnowItAll, a database of spectral data, has a free academic edition, which draws structures, analyses IR and Raman spectra, and accesses a multi-technique spectral database with cross-references. It is available for Windows, but not Linux nor Macintosh computers.

World Standards Day
World standards day - will be celebrated on October 14th by ISO, and in the US on September 30th with competition and a banquet.

Prizes for Chemical Informatics
Professor W. Graham Richards (Oxford University) will be awarded the 2004 ACS Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research (sponsored by Accelrys).

Professor A. Peter Johnson (Leeds University) will be awarded the 2004 Herman Skolnik Award of the ACS Division of Chemical Information, recognizing outstanding contributions to and achievements in the theory and practice of chemical information science.

This site has a good domain name, and a list of chemistry-related links. It is not clear who runs it, nor what its remit is, although it has links to and advertisements from resources such as Scirus, and it will welcome sponsorship.

Digital Library for Earth
The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) is a geoscience community resource, funded by the National Science Foundation and is being built by educators, students, and scientists.

Biology Browser
The Biology Browser ("free information from a trusted source"), is provided by Biosis, a non-profit organization that has delivered flexible information services since the 1920s.

Patent Primer for Chemists [and Non-Chemists] from the ACS
This primer, "What Every Chemist Should Know About Patents", is now available from the ACS at a new URL.

© 2003 J M Goodman, Cambridge