ChemSpider has been around for about two and a half years. Based on the feedback we have received from the community regarding our humble offering to the chemistry community users like it. In most cases they “get it” too. They understand that we working to provide information to them that can assist their work. We are hoping to provide some glimpse of data, some snippet of information, some link of value which can enable their studies/research/inquiry. And, in some cases, people want more. Let’s be honest…WE want more. We want to deliver more value, provide more impact and integrate more data for you, the community.

Some of the things that we have been asked for over the past few months are more web services to tap into the experimental data available on ChemSpider (grabbing experimental properties for QSAR modeling for example), more reaction syntheses to peruse, improved speed for substructure searching, similarity searching, integration to more publishers literature and easier to navigate website. Good list!

We have  a set of priorities for the near term and will be doing our utmost to deliver them in time for the IUPAC congress in Glasgow in August and the ACS meeting in Washington later that month. But we want to hear from you. What do you, our users, want to see on ChemSpider. If you had your wishes, and resources were no object, there were no barriers to integration with any data source and you got to define the path forwar for ChemSpider what would it be?

Feel free to share it here on the blog or, if you’d prefer to be more anonymous with your comments, feel free to drop me an email at infoATchemspiderDOTcom. We want your input. Please don’t be shy…engage us and you might just get what you want (though some things might take a while!)

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One Response to “If You Could Design Features and Functionality on ChemSpider What Would You Want?”

  1. Chris Singleton says:

    More analytical data, perhaps with a viewer that will let you do a bit more to a spectra than just zoom in. A lot of the spectra on the web (from chemical vendors for example) are not as useful anymore, some of the NMRs are 60 or 100MHz. Modern data would be much more useful.

    And what has been done with reaction syntheses? I uploaded chemicals for a rxn that I did in grad school (about 7 steps), but am curious as to how we are going to go about linking the chemicals together to show the scheme.

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