On March 24th of this year ChemSpider will celebrate its one year anniversary. We have come a long way in just over a year. During this period we have stayed focused on our intention of “Building a Structure Centric Community for Chemists”. It actually feels as if we are successfully delivering on it too. With the recent roll out of our deposition system, now being used by people to deposit structures, with our contributions to PubChem, our participation with Wikipedia, our web services for people to integrate to us, the participation of the community in curating the data and the impressive growth in users (for us anyway!) as shown below.


We have had our fair share of detractors but have stayed focused on delivery.  I was truly touched today to see a blog post acknowledging our efforts and what we are up to.  Joerg Kurt Wegner commented on his Mining Drug Space blog about his views of what we have been working on. Seeing it in his words really brought home all that we are up to and the potential impact of our efforts. We are actually accelerating our efforts right now for our anniversary release in March and we hope to deliver some very exciting capabilities at that time.

We welcome your comments… have we stayed true to our mission? Do you use our system..if so, how? Do we do “what it says on the box?” Where would you like to see us go next? How would you like to see the service grow? All comments are fair…rant, vent, stroke, applaud. Bring it on…

Stumble it!

2 Responses to “It’s So Nice to Be Appreciated so Are We Delivering on Our Commitments?”

  1. Rich Apodaca says:

    Anthony, CS appears to be gaining momentum.

    Out of curiosity, if you’re keeping statistics on the number of queries performed (structure or text), what does that graph look like? Or the number of user-submitted items? Or the number of user edits (curations)?

    These data might be interesting to look a when planning the next phase.

  2. Antony Williams says:

    Yes…I think we’re close to the Tipping Point as Gladwell would say (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tipping_Point_%28book%29)

    We do keep stats as I have discussed elsewhere (http://www.chemspider.com/blog/chemspider-introduces-access-to-deferred-transactions-and-personal-history-of-searches.html). We have just put in place the tool to filter out indexing hits from search engines (about 30,000 per day at present) and the number of searches and transactions can now be isolated. I estimate the number of searches and transactions somewhere around 1500 per day (above 1000 and less than 2000 :-) )

    The number of user submitted items at present is around 200 (this meaning structures and spectra) but I hope to see this grow. We have about 120 spectra so far and the rest made up in structures. There have been >600 online curations (http://www.chemspider.com/feedbackcurated.aspx) and 100s of new identifiers added and bad ones deleted (I don’t have a count).

    I like what SureChem do at their home page: http://www.surechem.org/. Take a look at their SureChem Data Summary. I will be submitting to Bugzilla today the request for a panel like this on the home page of ChemSpider with the following info: Number of structures, Number of structure depositions, Number of data depositions, Number of posted comments, Number of identifiers added, Number of identifiers curated,

    What else???

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