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 of assays 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. The presentation will offer a perspective of what is available today, our experiences of building a public compound database to link together the internet and a suggested path forward for enabling even greater integration and connectivity for chemistry data for the masses to both use and participate in developing.
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