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This was a presentation I gave to an audience at Nature Publishing Group in New York on May 7th 2009. It's a long presentation and over an hour in length. Not much new here relative to other presentations...just a knitting together of many of the others on here.
There is an increasing availability of free and open access resources for scientists to use on the internet. Coupled with an increasing number of Open Source software programs we are in the middle of a revolution in data availability and tools to manipulate these data. ChemSpider is a free access website built with the intention of providing a structure centric community for chemists. As an aggregator of chemistry related information from many sources, at present over 21.5 million unique chemical entities from over 190 separate data sources, ChemSpider has taken on the task of both robotically and manually integrating and curating publicly available data sources. ChemSpider has also provided an environment for users to deposit, curate and annotate chemistry-related information. This has allowed the community to enhance ChemSpider by adding analytical data, associating synthetic pathways and publications and connecting to social networking resources. I will discuss how ChemSpider is fast becoming the premier curated platform and centralized hub for resourcing information about chemical entities and how the platform provides the foundation data for services allowing the analysis of analytical data and collaborative science.