Accessing chemical health and safety data online using Royal Society of Chemistry resources


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The internet has opened up access to large amounts of chemistry related data that can be harvested and assembled into rich resources of value to chemists. The Royal Society of Chemistry’s ChemSpider database has assembled an electronic collection of over 28 million chemicals from over 400 data sources and some of the assembled data is certainly of value to those searching for chemical health and safety information. Since ChemSpider is a text and structure searchable database chemists are able to find relevant information using both of their general search approaches. This presentation will provide an overview of the types of chemical health and safety data and information made available via ChemSpider and discuss how the data are sourced, aggregated and validated. We will examine how the data can be made available via mobile devices and examine the issue of data quality and its potential impacts on such a database.

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Accessing chemical health and safety data online using Royal Society of Chemistry resources

  1. 1. Accessing chemical health and safety data online using Royal Society of Chemistry resources Antony Williams, Valery Tkachenko, Colin Batchelor and Alexey Pshenichnov ACS Indianapolis September 8th 2013
  2. 2. Who uses…
  3. 3. New Horizons…. • Let’s map together all historical chemistry data and build systems to integrate new data • Heck, let’s integrate chemistry and biology data and add in disease data too • Lets model the data and see if we can extract new relationships – quantitative and qualitative • Let’s make it all available on the web
  4. 4. What about this…. • We’re going to map the world • We’re going to take photos of as many places as we can and link them together • We’ll let people annotate and curate the map • Then let’s make it available free on the web • We’ll make it available for decision making • Put it on Mobile Devices, Give it Away
  5. 5. I’m from here…
  6. 6. Wikipedia
  7. 7. Wikipedia
  8. 8. I care…I want to contribute…
  9. 9. The Power of Contribution
  10. 10. How do you spell Afonwen?
  11. 11. Whoa… • So the world can be mapped… • We can enter a 3D environment within the map • We can add annotations • We can use the data, we can reference it, we can extract it, we can make decisions with it • And we can do it on our lap, in our hands • Let’s crowdsource chemistry
  12. 12. New Horizons • Build a structure-centric hub • Aggregate structure-based data and integrate • Link to additional data sources • Patents • Publications • Vendors • Models
  13. 13. Chemistry Data is Everywhere
  14. 14. RSC Chemical Data Resources
  15. 15. • 29 million chemicals and growing • Data sourced from >500 different sources • Crowdsourced curation and annotation • Deposition of new data • Linked to prediction models
  16. 16. ChemSpider and DDT
  17. 17. ChemSpider and DDT
  18. 18. ChemSpider and DDT
  19. 19. ChemSpider and DDT
  20. 20. ChemSpider and DDT
  21. 21. ChemSpider and DDT
  22. 22. ChemSpider and DDT
  23. 23. ChemSpider and DDT
  24. 24. …and even videos
  25. 25. RSC Chemical Safety Resources • RSC is one of the community’s primary supplier of online data about chemicals • UNDER SUBSCRIPTION • Journals • Bulletins • Text-searchable databases • FREE DATABASE • ChemSpider
  26. 26. Lab Hazards Bulletin
  27. 27. Lab Hazards Bulletin
  28. 28. Chemical Hazards in Industry
  29. 29. Chemical Hazards in Industry
  30. 30. Chemical Safety Newsbase
  31. 31. DOSE
  32. 32. DOSE
  33. 33. “Chemistry”
  34. 34. Chemistry in DOSE • Text files and images • But what about…. • Download the chemical structure • Search the database by structure? By substructure? • Use the data to produce data models? • Integrate to other databases for searching?
  35. 35. So what is ultimately feasible?
  36. 36. Use Structure Mapping to Link • If every database is “structured” then all databases can be • Linked together • Integrated delivery • Structure searchable • Accessible via structured API
  37. 37. Green Solvents • Released 2011 for iOS. Sponsored by RSC. • Reponse to ACS GCI report on greenness of solvents... • identified by attending scientist • available only as PDF • behind a login • listed by name only • Free app, structure-centric
  38. 38. How does the future sound???
  39. 39. Thank You Email: Twitter: ChemConnector Personal Blog: SLIDES: