Late last week I posted about a message left by CAS on the Wikipedia pages regarding the CAS Number Validation project we had started at Wikipedia Chemistry to assist in producing a quality curated dataset. There was an interesting outpouring of judgement and negativity regarding the message posted by CAS balanced by a hope for resolution and new connections. My hope in building the community of chemists at ChemSpider, is to do so while staying in relationship with key players in the domain. I prefer to do things with permission and while I will cajole and encourage shifts I choose to respect the expectations of the players.

This week conversations have been ongoing between WP:Chem and CAS. The conversations have been conducted by Martin Walker, a member of the WP:Chem team as well as the ChemSpider Advisory Group. Martin and I have similar opinions in regards to how to participate in the community and I honor his approach in working through this potentially difficult situation. The outcome of the discussions are declared here on Wikipedia.

New announcement from CAS

CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, is pleased to announce that it will contribute to the Wikipedia project. CAS will work with Wikipedia to help provide accurate CAS Registry Numbers® for current substances listed in Wikiprojects-Chemicals section of the Wikipedia Chemistry Portal that are of widespread general public interest.

The CAS Registry is the world’s most comprehensive collection of chemical substances and the CAS Registry Number is the recognized global standard for chemical substance identification.

CAS views Wikipedia as an important societal tool for the general public, and this collaboration with Wikipedia is in line with CAS’ mission as a Division of the American Chemical Society.

We look forward to working with the Wikipedia volunteers over the next few weeks to make this happen.Eshively (talk) 13:40, 12 March 2008 (UTC)
I think this is excellent. I implicitly agree with the statement “The CAS Registry is the world’s most comprehensive collection of chemical substances.” For CAS to offer support to the Wikipedia team for the curation project is, for me, an indication of commitment to public service and I am indebted to the participants in this decision. I’m excited to get back underway with the curation project and will start up my efforts again this weekend. This decision by CAS has invigorated me to keep eyeballing structures as fast (and carefully) as possible.

My sincere appreciation is extended to the CAS management team and decision-makers. My gratitude to WP:Chem for staying engaged in the conversation to get to this outcome. My encouragement to us all to get this project done and have a high quality validated dataset of chemicals available as a public resource. Onwards and upwards!

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3 Responses to “A Message of Support and Public Service from the Chemical Abstracts Service”

  1. Unilever Centre for Molecular Informatics, Cambridge - petermr’s blog » Blog Archive » CAS will cooperate with Wikipedia says:

    [...] reports that CAS has agreed to cooperate with Wikipedia Chemistry on the use of CAS numbers: A Message of Support and Public Service from the Chemical Abstracts Service […] This week conversations have been ongoing between WP:Chem and CAS. The conversations have [...]

  2. Cameron Neylon says:

    Absolutely! This is great news. I’m critical at times but that needs to be balanced when good things happen. This is exactly the way that ACS and CAS can make a big contribution to the chemical sciences. I also think in the long term it will be good for their business as well. Thanks and kudos due to those who have been working to make this happen.

  3. Joerg Kurt Wegner says:

    Congratulations, I am extremely pleased with this output and I am honestly proud about anybody in this very public, constructive, and open ‘social chemistry team’.

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