ChemSpider is a free access website for chemists built with the vision of providing a structure centric community for chemists. Vision is great…execution is better. ChemSpider is now one of the internet’s primary portals for chemistry offering access to over 23 million unique chemical structures from over 200 data sources and expanding daily. Even though there are tens if not hundreds of chemical structure databases such as literature data, chemical vendor catalogs, molecular properties, environmental data, toxicity data, analytical data etc. there has been no single way to search across them. Despite the fact that there are a large number of databases containing chemical compounds and data available online their inherent quality, accuracy and completeness remains lacking in many regards. With ChemSpider we have provided a platform whereby the chemistry community could contribute to cleaning up the data, improving the quality of data online and expanding the information available to include data such as reaction syntheses, analytical data, experimental properties and linking to other valuable resources.
This presentation will provide an overview of ChemSpider and its value to chemists as a search tool, as a public repository of information and how it can become one of the primary foundations of internet-based chemistry. I will also discuss the vision for ChemSpider and some of the exciting goals we are setting for the system moving forward.