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Who knew I would get here from there and how i became the ChemConnector final


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As the ChemConnector and one of the people responsible for creating ChemSpider I have become well known in the chemical information world. I get to connect with some of the brightest minds in the …

As the ChemConnector and one of the people responsible for creating ChemSpider I have become well known in the chemical information world. I get to connect with some of the brightest minds in the domain, have participated in meetings with Microsoft, Google, various government institutions and with some of the top chemical and pharmaceutical companies. While my path to this point feels at some times like a random walk, and certainly I never set a trajectory to become a chemical information specialist as I am a spectroscopist by training, I look back upon my career with a lot of satisfaction. We are now at a time when information is becoming so important to support and guide the discovery process. At the same time the opportunity to communicate your science to the masses is upon us. I will discuss how I became the ChemConnector, my Twitter handle, and why I believe entering the field of cheminformatics at this time holds incredible potential for influence.

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  • 1. Who knew I would get here from there: How I became the ChemConnector Antony Williams ACS San Francisco August 2014
  • 2. Who am I today? • I am VP Strategic Development, ChemSpider for the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) - publisher • A founder of ChemSpider, RSC cheminformatics team manager, collaborations, business development, social marketing - cheminformatician • Oversee team developing solutions - manager • Scientific publications - scientist • Blogger, writer of books – author • I am @ChemConnector – social networker
  • 3. My background… • Worked in • Government lab as postdoc • Academia as NMR Facility Manager • Fortune 500 Company as NMR Tech Leader • Start-up as product manager, marketing manager, Chief Science Officer • Consultant – chemistry informatics industry • Company owner – Created ChemSpider • Now at Royal Society of Chemistry (bought ChemSpider)
  • 4. Do I inspire the next generation?
  • 5. Do I inspire the next generation?
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  • 8. A New World of Contribution • Times have changed • Immediacy of social networks • Commenting on articles/data is here • The “participating scientist” has high profile • And who can be a scientist now???
  • 9. A Ten Year Old Scientist
  • 10. Inspiring in Cheminformatics..
  • 11. The ChemDraw Wizard
  • 12. What of Hexacyclinol?
  • 13. The Blogosphere “Discusses”…
  • 14. Oxidation by Sodium Hydride?
  • 15. The Blogosphere Analyzes…
  • 16. The Blogosphere Analyzes…
  • 17. How much is in the archives?
  • 18. Open Notebook Science Analysis
  • 19. Faster Science, Better Science
  • 20. Cheminformatics Communities Blue Obelisk:
  • 21. Twitter Contribution #RealTimeChem 2013 • Twitter-based community project designed to encourage chemists to: • actively engage with one another online • by sharing what they are working on • at any given time
  • 22. #RealTimeChem Still Active
  • 23. I am ChemConnector
  • 24. Why am I a Connector?
  • 25. Why am I a Connector? Connectors are the people in a community who know large numbers of people and who are in the habit of making introductions. A connector is essentially the social equivalent of a computer network hub. They usually know people across an array of social, cultural, professional, and economic circles, and make a habit of introducing people who work or live in different circles.
  • 26. Endorsements
  • 27. You will be a set of statistics & profiles Number of papers, patents, citations, grants, …. My Blog: Twitter: Amazon Author Page: Follow Link to Author Page My Klout: LinkedIn: SlideShare: Google Scholar Citations Profile: Antony Williams Citations Researcher_ID: Wikipedia : Mendeley Profile:
  • 28. Connections
  • 29. Chemistry Social Networking • Methods of sharing MY science online include: • Wikis or blogs • Slideshare for presentations • YouTube for videos • Flickr, Wikimedia etc. for images • ChemSpider for chemistry • GoogleDocs for data • Google Scholar Citations for citations • Microsoft Academic Scholar for papers
  • 30. Try and EXCITE students • What I am trying to do today is highlight what is possible with cheminformatics…what impact you can have with participating • What is available for them to use? • What can they contribute to? • How important cheminformatics will be to them? • Not everyone has to be a programmer – a basic knowledge of scripting goes a long way
  • 31. ChemSpider
  • 32. Cholesterol on ChemSpider
  • 33. Computers outperform experts
  • 34. 1D & 2D NMR Synchronized Processing The Software displays correlations for assigned spectra and structures, and highlights correlations that are likely to be erroneous.
  • 35. Single Molecule AFM
  • 36. CASE vs Microscopy? DOI: 10.1002/anie.201203960
  • 37. Try and not BORE students • There is work necessary to define the underpinnings • Molfiles • InChIs • Spectral formats • Chemical information searching • And so much to use….
  • 38. LearnChemistry
  • 39. SpectraSchool
  • 40. SpectraSchool
  • 41. LearnChemistry Wiki
  • 42. Spectral Game
  • 43. Helping Students Connect… • Career-wise, NOT having a personal presence online is likely already a detriment • Establishing a public profile • Getting on the record • Collaborative Science • Demonstrating a skill set • Measured using alternative metrics • Contributing to the public peer review process
  • 44. An Adventure into the World of Small but significant contribution..
  • 45. ChemSpider SyntheticPages
  • 46. Micropublishing with Peer Review (a chemical synthesis blog?)
  • 47. Multi-Step Synthesis
  • 48. Interactive Data
  • 49. Thank you Email: ORCID: 0000-0002-2668-4821 Twitter: @ChemConnector Personal Blog: SLIDES: