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Over the weekend we added chemicals from two new data sources – Afid therapeutics and Alfa Aesar. Large depositions of over 25,000 chemicals have been slowed down while we improved our batch deposition system but over the next few days we will be playing catch-up with a large backlog of vendor deposits. When we set up ChemSpider our initial belief was that the ability to source compounds was sufficiently being served by the chemical vendors themselves and many commercial software vendors and websites offering access to aggregated datasets of vendor offerings.
What we have noticed however is that on a daily basis ChemSpider users are requesting sources of chemicals directly. The majority of these requests are coming via email but the forum is also being used via the Looking for a Chemical topic. We have more and more requests to increase the number of chemical vendors represented on ChemSpider and make the navigation of identifying chemical suppliers easier. Despite directing many of our users to other sites our users seem to be looking for a “one-step” shop for their information. We will add some improved navigation to facilitate locating sources of chemicals. We’re hoping that some of the companies focused on sourcing chemicals will also want to help and integrate their services….Stumble it!