I’ll shortly be announcing the details of a seminar we will be holding at the end of January regarding Metabolomics and ChemSpider. The details will come shortly. However, to parallel that seminar I want to be proactive in announcing that we will be holding a round-table discussion for scientists interested in further refining how ChemSpider can be extended to serve the metabolomics community. An outline of the meeting is provided below. If you are interested in participating please respond to me directly at williams”AT”rsc”DOT”org by the deadline listed below. We will cap the attendance fairly quickly and are specifically looking for people who can be vocal about their needs and how we may be able to help with ChemSpider as a platform.

Metabolomics Round Table – Delivering Value to the Metabolomics Community via ChemSpider, a Public Domain Database

Hosts: John Shockcor, Waters and Antony Williams, Royal Society of Chemistry

When: January 31st, 2011

Venue: Fish Room, Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, London

The metabolomics community presently utilizes public domain databases such as KEGG, LipidMap, DrugBank and a myriad of other online resources to assist in the analysis of data. However, rich as these resources are, they are limited in scope, are challenged by known data quality issues, and are not directly focused on serving the needs of the metabolomics community. ChemSpider is an online resource for the chemistry community hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry with the intention of linking together online chemistry resources, cleaning and curating chemistry related data and collectively serving a number of communities. ChemSpider has been used by members of the mass spectrometry community, including instrument vendors, for the past 3 years. This roundtable meeting is to provide an overview of how ChemSpider is presently used by scientists working in the domain of metabolomics and garner feedback from the existing user base as well as new potential users to help define how ChemSpider can be enhanced to further support the needs of this community.

Antony Williams, VP of Strategic Development and host of ChemSpider at RSC, and John Shockcor, Director of Life Sciences Business Development at Waters Corp, invite you to attend this half day meeting to provide input to steer development of ChemSpider to address the needs of the metabolomics community. This meeting will be followed by a public seminar and networking meeting in the RSC’s new Chemistry Center. An outline of the agenda is given below.

If you are interested in attending please express your interest by sending an email to williamsa@rsc.org by January 21st, 2011

12 – 1pm Arrival, Buffet Lunch

1-1:15pm Logistics and Intros

1:15-1:30pm An introduction to ChemSpider, Antony Williams

1:30-2:00pm Integrating ChemSpider and Metabolomics workflows, John Shockcor

2:00-4:00pm Round table discussion – How can ChemSpider expand to support the metabolomics community?

4:00-4:45pm Prioritization process

4:45-5:00pm Summary and Close

5:00-6:00pm Break

6:30pm Public Seminar

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