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The internet has provided access to unprecedented quantities of data. In the domain of chemistry specifically over the past decade the web has become populated with tens of millions of chemical ...
The internet has provided access to unprecedented quantities of data. In the domain of chemistry specifically over the past decade the web has become populated with tens of millions of chemical structures and related properties, both experimental and predicted, together with tens of thousands of spectra and syntheses. The data have, to a large extent, remained disparate and disconnected. In recent years with the wave of Web 2.0 participation any chemist can contribute to both the sharing and validation of chemistry-related data whether it be via Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, or one of the multiple public compound databases. Toxicologists commonly wish to source data, either for reference purposes, to support the development of models or, when experimental data are not available, predicted data will suffice. This presentation will offer a perspective of the type and quality of chemistry data available today, our experiences of building the ChemSpider public compound database to link together chemistry on the internet and our efforts to both encourage and enable even greater integration and connectivity for chemistry data for the community.