Chemical Informatics Letters

Volume 9, Issue 4; October 2004

Editor: Jonathan M Goodman

Errata in on-line journals
What should on-line journals do about mistakes that will, inevitably, be incorporated from time to time? A survey of what publishers do has been published (PDF) by Emily Poworoznek, the issue has been discussed in the context of physics journals, and the National Library of Medicine has a policy. The Journal of the American Chemical Society has published a paper 'ASAP' which was subsequently withdrawn before being printed. The PDF and HTML versions of the paper are no longer available.

A site designed to aid chemists in their search for employment, with some links to chemistry resources.

The University of Buffalo's library has assembled a guide to toxicology resources which includes many useful links. In addition to these resources, the United Nations has a project on regionally based assessment of persistent toxic substances.

Medline coverage
Medline now indexes articles back to the 1950s, extending its coverage back through time. Diseases which were common and are now returning, such as tuberculosis, may, therefore, be under represented. See Paying Homage to the Wisdom of Voices from Medicine's Past by Abigail Zuger.

A targeted chemistry search engine, from ChemNet, and the Korea Chemical Network. Despite the scientific focus of the search engine, it is slower and less accurate than Google for the web searches tested, but the directory and product searches appear to be provide useful resources.

Rock Magnetism
The Institute for Rock Magnetism provides scholarly resources online, including the Rock Magnetic Bestiary.

Making Websites Usable
Jakob Nielsen, author of a book on web site usable has given an interview describing his views on Web site design: simplicity is best.

Baik Group
The research group of Professor Mu-Hyun (Mookie) Baik uses quantum chemical models and develops novel methods of extracting chemical information from these calculations. One of the projects is the development of artificially intelligent chemical expert software to automate the computational analysis of chemistry.

GRID computing: Globus Toolkit 4
GRID computing could still be the next big thing. IBM are about to release Globus Toolkit 4 which provides an API for building stateful Web services targeted to distributed heterogeneous computing environments. Globus is a project intended to help the the applications of GRID concepts to scientific and engineering computing. Simpler systems, such as Condor are also available, designed for high throughput computing. The Taverna project aims to provide tools to facilitate the use of workflow and distributed compute technology.

Spresi is a Structure and Reaction Database, introduced in October 2002 by Infochem. It includes Synthesis Tree Search which searches for published synthesis reactions leading to and from the target. The Spresi database includes 4,5 million molecules, 3,5 million reactions, 380.000 references and 95.000 patents.

Gene Expression Omnibus [GEO]
The GEO, which became available in July 2000, is a high-throughput gene expression/molecular abundance data repository, a public repository for a wide range of high-throughput experimental data and an online resource for gene expression data browsing. BioBank is a repository of open access research data and also biological samples, run by the Genetic Alliance.

2004 Nobel Prizes
Who should win the 2004 Nobel Prizes? Analysis of citations has been used by ISI to make Nobel Prize predictions. Although none of the predictions were correct for 2004, perhaps they will be a useful guide for future years.

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