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  • 1. The Value of a Unique Researcher Identifier to ChemSpider Projects Antony Williams ORCID Meeting, Boston, May 18 th 2011
  • 2. RSC: Publisher and community hub
    • Authors:
    • 20,000 articles a year †
    • 100 books †
    • Magazine articles †
    • Referees*, subscribers*, readers
    • * We know who/where these people are
    • † we knew who they were at the time of writing
  • 3. RSC: Membership organisation
    • 46,000 members worldwide
    • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for our members
    • What would help to link everything our members do towards CPD?
    • What more can we do to serve the community of chemists?
  • 4. A Pragmatic Vision
      • “ Build a Structure Centric Community to
      • Serve Chemists”
      • Integrate chemical structure data on the web
      • Create a “structure-based hub” to information and data
      • Provide access to structure-based “algorithms”
      • Let chemists contribute their own data
      • Allow the community to curate/correct data
  • 5. ChemSpider
    • >26 million chemicals from over 400 data sources, generally linked out to the original sources
    • Serving Chemists and Life Scientists around the world. Thousands of users and approaching a million transactions per day
    • Linked into primary internet resources such as Wikipedia
  • 6. Search for a Chemical by name
  • 7. Available Information….
  • 8. Crowdsourced “Annotations”
    • Users can add
      • Descriptions/Syntheses/Commentaries
      • Links to PubMed articles
      • Links to articles via DOIs
      • Add spectral data
      • Add Crystallographic Information Files
      • Add photos
      • Add MP3 files
      • Add Videos
  • 9.  
  • 10. Spectra
  • 11. Inherited Errors
    • Inherited errors from every database… all public compound databases, including ours, have errors
    • “ Incorrect” structures – assertions, timelines etc
    • “ Incorrect” names associated with structures
    • ENORMOUS CHALLENGE
  • 12. “ Curate” Identifiers
  • 13. Community annotations to curate data www.chemspider.com/feedbackcurated.aspx
  • 14. ChemSpider Contributions
    • Over 130 people have curated and annotated data on ChemSpider
    • Crowdsourcing…but a small crowd
    • A long tail effect – thousands down to one (many)
    • About a dozen people have deposited spectra and other analytical data
    • No formal recognition vehicle for contribution…yet!
  • 15. How can we recognize contribution?
  • 16. SyntheticPages
    • A database of reaction syntheses: “How to make a particular chemical”
    • A crowdsourced effort to build the database
    • Feedback and Comments from the community (blog-like)
    • Each publication gets a Digital Object Identifier
  • 17.  
  • 18. Authors and Commenters
    • Would be ideal to have the author registered with their ORCID and expose readers, downloads and associated comments
    • Commenters on a synthesis would be associated with their ORCID
  • 19. SyntheticPages
  • 20. Alt-Metrics easily apply to CSSP
  • 21.
    • ORCID IDs will be directly associated with registered users
    • Researchers page will capture and list all activities
    • Every curation, annotation and deposition will expose the activity to an AltMetrics engine
  • 22. ChemSpider needs ORCID
    • ChemSpider is a crowdsourcing community
    • Contributors deserve recognition
    • Wikipedia “Barnstormer Awards” are unlikely to suffice!
    • ORCID offers professional recognition within the community of choice
  • 23. RSC, ORCID and Education
    • RSC supplies free educational resources through school and undergraduate level
    • How can altmetrics help to 1) build a CV? 2) to get a job? 3) to get a grant? 4) to find collaborators? 5) To contribute to research reviews?
    • Is primary school too early to get an ORCID ID?
  • 24. ORCID will connect things together
    • ORCID enables an organization to improve interactions with its “community” - authors, reviewers and users
    • To enable Continuing Professional Development for the future
    • To help build up a complete CV of contributions for career advancement
    • To give credit for crowdsourced activities
  • 25. Thank you Email: williamsa@rsc.org Twitter: ChemConnector Personal Blog: www.chemconnector.com SLIDES: www.slideshare.net/AntonyWilliams