As the latest addition to ChemSpider’s services, ChemRefer is specialised in text-indexing andÂ it is nowÂ focused (and soon to be integrated with the main ChemSpider search) on providing access to chemistry related information and building a structure centric community for chemists. I originally created the ChemRefer service to allow chemists to have a search engine to perform text-based searches ofÂ freely accessibleÂ chemistry articles. When I saw what ChemSpider was trying to achieve I joined their advisory group to assist their efforts. With time it was clear that a closer relationship would benefit both parties. Now, ChemRefer and ChemSpider are merged together and we have an opportunity to produce a FREE search engine which will allow users to input structural and textualÂ queries intoÂ one search interface. Any ideas, comments on any sources you would like us to index or any features you would wish this service to have are most welcome.
This blog is a parallel blog to the ChemSpider Blog andÂ ChemSpider NewsÂ so that we can discuss the ins and outs ofÂ text indexing of the chemistry literature. At a time when thereÂ is a greatÂ deal ofÂ openly available literature andÂ dataÂ in this arena, it is time there was an openly available service with the cheminformatics and text indexing capabilitiesÂ to search this effectively.Â We want to play a role inÂ making that happen.Â We look forward to dialoguing with you. Please add Open Chemistry Web to your Blog Readerâ€¦Stumble it!