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Navigating scientific resources using wiki based resources

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There is an overwhelming number of new resources for chemistry that would likely benefit both librarians and students in terms of improving access to data and information. While commercial solutions provided by an institution may be the primary resources there is now an enormous range of online tools, databases, resources, apps for mobile devices and, increasingly, wikis. This presentation will provide an overview of how wiki-based resources for scientists are developing and will introduce a number of developing wikis. These include wikis that are being used to teach chemistry to students as well as to source information about scientists, scientific databases and mobile apps.

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Navigating scientific resources using wiki based resources

  1. 1. Navigating scientific resources using wiki-based resources Antony Williams, Valery Tkachenko, Alexey Pshenichnov, Sean Ekins, Aileen Day and Martin Walker ACS New Orleans Sunday April 7th 2013
  2. 2. Show of Hands• Does anyone here run a Wiki?
  3. 3. The Most Famous of Wikis
  4. 4. Show of Hands• Who has used Wikipedia in the past week?• Who has written an article on Wikipedia?• Who has found an error on Wikipedia?• Who has edited an article on Wikipedia?
  5. 5. Collaborative Authoring for Drug Discovery• Pfizerpedia
  6. 6. So many Scientific Wikis…
  7. 7. Even Jimmy Wales cares…
  8. 8. What is a Wiki???• “A wiki is a website which allows its users to add, modify, or delete its content via a web browser usually using a simplified markup language or a rich-text editor.” Technical Definition
  9. 9. It is so much more…• A place to connect and collaborate• A place for discussion and constructive conflict• An EASY path to set-up an environment for you to engage the community• And….
  10. 10. Not all MediaWiki!
  11. 11. “Collaborative Environments” …for anything!
  12. 12. http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Chemical_Information_Sources
  13. 13. Am I a poster boy?
  14. 14. Collaborative Knowledge Management for Chemists
  15. 15. ChemBoxes
  16. 16. DrugBoxes
  17. 17. January 9 2008 th
  18. 18. Top 200 Drugs on Wikipediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bestselling_drugs
  19. 19. Types of Errors Found• Structure drawing errors• Misassociation of names and structures• IUPAC Name Errors• Links out to databases were to wrong structures• Property errors/validation• CAS Number validation
  20. 20. CAS Discourages Using SciFinder for curating 3rd party databasesChemical Abstracts Service (CAS) objects toanyone encouraging the use of SciFinder® andSTN® to curate third-party databases or chemicalsubstance collections, including the one found inWikipedia. SciFinder and STN are provided toresearchers under formal license agreements,under which the researchers agree to refrain fromusing these tools to build databases.
  21. 21. New announcement from CAS• CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, is pleased to announce that it will contribute to the Wikipedia project. CAS will work with Wikipedia to help provide accurate CAS Registry Numbers® for current substances listed in Wikiprojects-Chemicals section of the Wikipedia Chemistry Portal that are of widespread general public interest.
  22. 22. Beneficial Outcome…
  23. 23. Full up curating Wikipedia Chemistry
  24. 24. DrugBoxes
  25. 25. WikiBox Chemicals/ChemBox Validationhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Chemicals/Chembox_validation
  26. 26. Wikipedia on ChemSpider
  27. 27. Wikipedia Chemical Linkouts
  28. 28. ChemSpider Limitations• We handles compounds where there are defined InChIs• Poor handling of polymers, minerals, materials• ChemSpider does not handle reactions
  29. 29. Wikipedia Polymers
  30. 30. Wikipedia Minerals
  31. 31. Named Reactions on Wikipedia
  32. 32. ChemSpider Development• ChemSpider Reactions : working on rolling out a half million reactions to the community• Will integrate ChemSpider SyntheticPages, Catalysts and Catalyzed Reactions and Methods of Organic Synthesis• Developing support for materials – where InChIs are not available.
  33. 33. World without Wikipedia
  34. 34. Scientists on Wikipedia
  35. 35. Sean Ekins
  36. 36. Challenging the Status Quo http://tinyurl.com/7e3l6rz
  37. 37. Scientists on Wikipedia
  38. 38. Where is your Wikipedia Page??• The challenging notability criteria of Wikipedia• But what about an environment to create your own Wiki page on a database that you manage• Harvested Wikipedia scientists and set it up
  39. 39. www.ScientistsDB.com
  40. 40. www.ScientistsDB.com
  41. 41. www.ScientistsDB.com
  42. 42. Sandy Lawson• Skolnik Symposium
  43. 43. ScientistsDB to Wikipedia?
  44. 44. www.SciDBs.com
  45. 45. www.SciMobileApps.com
  46. 46. What encourages participation?• “Interested” parties contribute• Marketing and self-promotion are primary reasons for participation• There are very few “selfless” participants• Relationships garner contributions…
  47. 47. www.SciMobileApps.com• 8 contributors only…in 7 months
  48. 48. www.SciDBs.com• 7 contributors only…in 6 months
  49. 49. www.ScientistsDB.com 38 contributors …in 6 weeks
  50. 50. Learn Chemistry Wiki– Last two years of secondary school to end of undergraduate– Integrated to a small slice of ChemSpider– Introduction of more educational “games”: Chemistry quizzes – e.g reactions– Hosting training/educational resources– Integrate to existing RSC websites– An environment of participation. It’s a WIKI!
  51. 51. ChemSpider is too much… Simplified interface …..to thisFrom this…..
  52. 52. Substance Pages
  53. 53. Quizzes: Fill in the Blank
  54. 54. Detailed Quizzes
  55. 55. Immediate Answers
  56. 56. Learn Spectroscopy using a Wiki
  57. 57. Submit Structures as Answers!
  58. 58. Lab Experiments
  59. 59. Wonderfully Detailed Procedures
  60. 60. Searching Wikipedia by Structure• Presently preparing the Wikipedia chemical structure collection to donate to anybody who want to link to Wikipedia by chemical• Coming Soon – Contact me directly…
  61. 61. Acknowledgments• Wikipedia Chemistry Team: especially Walkerma, PhysChim62, Beetstra, Edgar181, MANY others• RSC|eScience team –Aileen Day as technical lead on Learn Chemistry. Alexey Pshenichnov for SpectraSchool.• Learn Chemistry Wiki: Martin Walker, Potsdam U• Sean Ekins – ScientistsDB, SciMobileApps, SciDBs• Alex Clark – SciMobileApps contributions
  62. 62. Video Online http://youtu.be/4vDeyean190Thank youEmail: williamsa@rsc.orgTwitter: ChemConnectorPersonal Blog: www.chemconnector.comSLIDES: www.slideshare.net/AntonyWilliams

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