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ChemSpider is an online database of almost 25 million chemical compounds linked out to over 400 different internet resources. Together with its partner site, ChemSpider SyntheticPages, a crowdsourced database of reaction syntheses, these two resources provide an environment where chemists can deposit, share, source and use the data as the basis of lesson plans, games and developing deeper understanding in chemistry. This presentation will provide an overview of how ChemSpider is fast becoming the central online portal for sourcing chemistry data, how the ability for students to engage in the hosting of their own data and the curation and annotation of already existing data can engage students in a social networking environment. These efforts can become the basis of training students in spectroscopy, online data validation and the provision of supporting information for their own experiments.