Copyright©2008 Antony Williams
Something good is happening in regards to ChemSpiders reputation it seems. I’ve chosen to interpret it as an indication that we are doing a stellar job at running our website and contributing to the community of chemistry. I’ll take it as kudos for the quality of what we do. Maybe it’s just an indication that the world is in economic turmoil and people are looking for jobs? In any case, the weekly requests coming in now to join ChemSpider, here’s my resume etc is very interesting. In the past 48 hours I have had to respond to 4 people that while we ARE a professionial organization (i.e. we’re all professionals and good at our jobs) we are not hiring at present and actually don’t have any of us gainfully “employed” by ChemSpider per se.
Despite this situation at present we DO have plans as to how to start to recoup some of the investments we have made over the past year and a half. We are discussing the ChemSpider Appliance with some organizations at present. The ChemSpider Appliance is what exactly? It will be a stripped down and read only version of ChemSpider installed INSIDE a company’s firewall with daily synchronization between the public server and the company’s system. We will not be able to provide the entire database to a company, especially for predicted properties etc because that might damage the business of some of our collaborators. All of this is presently under discussion. Watch this space…Stumble it!