There has been a conversation going on over on Wikipedia about supporting ChemSpider IDs in the ChemBox and DrugBox. ChemSpider IDs have been added to ChemBoxes over the past few weeks by a number of contributors and, based on the blessing of members of the Wikipedia community, they will now be displayed in Drugboxes also. The conclusion of the conversation today stated:

 Done Thanks everyone – that seems clarification that people would find this helpful and, in particular, thanks for addressing ChemSpiderMan own reservation. I’ve added to {{drugbox}}, eg see Verapamil.David Ruben Talk 13:10, 22 September 2008 (UTC) 

A Drugbox, for Xanax, is shown below. Note the number of outlinks to PubChem, Drugbank and now ChemSpider. 


What I am most proud of is some of the statements made in the discussion that validate our efforts to create high quality curated source of information. For example:

“I’d just like to add my voice to those that find value in linking Wikipedia articles to ChemSpider.  find this database to be reliable and information-rich in comparison to the other dabases we link to already. I support adding a link from drugboxes and chemboxes. – Ed (Edgar181) 11:36, 22 September 2008 (UTC)”

“I think the effect of linking to ChemSpider would be to marry a well curated database (ChemSpider) with monographs (WP). To elaborate, the database contain various intrinsic properties (MW, isotopic composition, structure, stereo), experimentally-determined properties (bp/mp/appearance), experimentally-determined spectra (1H/13C NMR, IR, etc., e.g. [1]), apart from predicted data. Monographs: our articles discussing the synth, applications, chemistry, etc. of various compounds, drug-, drug-like, or otherwise. Seems like everything to gain and not much to lose, except for another entry in the drugbox and perhaps concerns of table creep. –Rifleman 82 (talk) 03:46, 22 September 2008 (UTC)”

“I personally support the addition of ChemSpider not because of the predicted properties—which are included in PubChem—, but because, so far, ChemSpider appears to be highly curated (and transparently so). PubChem has some serious if relatively infrequent reliability issues, which are well known to the WP chemistry/pharm community, and MeSH (to which CAS numbers in the Drugbox link) appears to lack information on many compounds. Fvasconcellos (t·c) 01:53, 22 September 2008 (UTC)”

It is validating to be embraced by the Wikipedia  community in this.What we commit to in return is to continue our efforts to expand the services and quality on ChemSpider. And presently we are working on a “little gift” to help Wikipedia. Watch this space.

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2 Responses to “ChemSpider IDs Accepted into Wikipedia ChemBoxes and DrugBoxes”

  1. Egon Willighagen says:

    And being in the ChemBox, it is easily converted into RDF triples, like with other boxes in DBPedia. The semantic chemspace is growing… :)

  2. Joerg Kurt Wegner says:

    Great achivement of a web and science community. I love it !

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