The references and abstracts for my two recent articles in Drug Discovery Today are listed below should anyone be interested.

Internet-based tools for communication and collaboration in chemistry

Drug Discovery Today, Volume 13, Numbers 11/12, June 2008 502-506, doi:10.1016/j.drudis.2008.03.015

Web-based technologies, coupled with a drive for improved communication between scientists, have resulted in the proliferation of scientific opinion, data and knowledge at an ever-increasing rate. The availability of tools to host wikis and blogs has provided the necessary building blocks for scientists with only a rudimentary understanding of computer software science to communicate to the masses. This newfound freedom has the ability to speed up research and sharing of results, develop extensive collaborations, conduct science in public, and in near-real time. The technologies supporting chemistry, while immature, are fast developing to support chemical structures and reactions, analytical data support and integration to related data sources via supporting software technologies. Communication in chemistry is already witnessing a new revolution.

A perspective of publicly accessible/open-access chemistry databases

Drug Discovery Today, Volume 13, Numbers 11/12, June 2008, 495-501, doi:10.1016/j.drudis.2008.03.017

The Internet has spawned access to unprecedented levels of information. For chemists the increasing number of resources they can use to access chemistry-related information provides them a valuable path to discovery of information, one which was previously limited to commercial and therefore constrained resources. The diversity of information continues to expand at a dramatic rate and, coupled with an increasing awareness for quality, curation and improved tools for focused searches, chemists are now able to find valuable information within a few seconds using a few keystrokes. This shift to publicly available resources offers great promise to the benefits of science and society yet brings with it increasing concern from commercial entities. This article will discuss the benefits and disruptions associated with an increase in publicly available scientific resources.

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