If you don’t know what Second Life is then this should fix that: ” Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its Residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by a total of 9,716,584 Residents from around the globe.” I have a second life…but my first one is busy enough so I don’t show up there too often. However, if you meet Dicky Dollinger do say hi to me…

Jean-Claude Bradley has been very active with Second Life in recent months (1,2) and Drexel Island was purchased on Second Life by the University Jean-Claude teaches at. Hiro Sheridan (Andrew Lang in this First Life) has created a molecule rezzer that accepts InChI, SMILES, and InChIKey identifiers. It takes user input and queries the Chemspider web services (for InChiKeys) plus two more of Rajarshi Guha’s web services (format conversion and minimization – under smi23d) and then rezzes a 3d minimized molecule in Second Life.

If all of this sounds very confusing have no fear. Watch the movie on YouTube.!

Stumble it!

3 Responses to “ChemSpider Makes it to Second Life and to You Tube Courtesy of Hiro Sheridan”

  1. Egon Willighagen says:

    What about a ChemSpider museum for molecular history? With a couple of rooms where one can display a particular molecule, with the rezzer in that room, along with a poster board for the Wikipedia page, possibly some other resources?

  2. Antony Williams says:

    Egon…what a really terrific idea. I like it, a lot. I’m interested in doing it and will approach Jean-Claude about what it would take to do it. Certainly I would want to be the only person in the museum submitting the artifacts ..I have more than enough to do right now :-)

    Thanks for the wonderful idea.

  3. Jean-Claude Bradley says:

    Thanks for blogging about it Tony – with the new features of Hiro’s molecule rezzer we will be able to do some powerful things in Second Life. My organic chemistry students will be taking advantage of that for an assignment in my class this term.
    I have set up a chemistry corner on Drexel Island for chemistry related posters and would be happy to assist chemists in displaying content. Although I have put up a board about the Blue Obelisk Group, I think that individual projects could be highlighted as well.

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