Those of you who have been watching our efforts over the past few months will be aware of our efforts to develop ChemMantis will know that we are working to perform entity recognition of chemistry and biological terms and mark them up appropriately. The results of this will be released shortly in the ChemSpider Journal of Chemistry. The journal release has been delayed because of a personal family emergency. There are a number of companies doing work in the area of the Chemical Semantic Web. The Royal Society of Chemistry has certainly led the pack in terms of Chemistry publishing with their Project Prospect while Cambridge University has been developing technologies to perform entity extraction and document markup.

The RSC and Cambridge University have worked together to develop informatics tools to support Project Prospect and are now looking to the community for guidance and feedback as defined in the email below today distributed via CHMINF.  I encourage readers to provide their feedback to them!

“I am working for the Informatics Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry, managing a collaborative project with the University of Cambridge.

As you may know the RSC has implemented an innovative and award winning system called PROSPECT, which enables people to access the science in RSC articles at a click of the mouse. Scientific terms are identified and highlighted, including chemical names which can be displayed as chemical structures.
Articles can also be searched by chemical structure or substructure. See for examples.

PROSPECT uses technology (OSCAR) developed by Peter Murray-Rust in Bobby Glen’s group at the Unilever Centre for Molecular Science Informatics at the University of Cambridge. OSCAR can identify scientific terms in documents and convert chemical names to structures.

The RSC and University are now exploring the options for commercialising these tools and I am managing the project to assess the market and user requirements, which will help us decide which course to take. The key phase we are in now is to assess the user requirements for chemical information mining and to explore how well people think the market is already satisfied.
This is where we are looking for some assistance from people who are familiar with chemical information mining.

I have compiled a simple survey and wondered whether you, as a member of the Chemical Information Sources Discussion group, would be able to fill it out.
It only takes a few minutes.

The link is here:

The RSC is offering three copies of its book “Molecules of Murder” by John Emsley to go to the first three participants selected randomly, as an incentive!

The survey closes on 20 February.

Many thanks and best wishes,

Neil Stutchbury
Project Manager, Chemical Semantic Web
Royal Society of Chemistry

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