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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  • However, current ChemSpider user interface is not student friendly. IT contains too much information which is irrelevant to school students. Martin’s first project is developing a simpler ‘student interface’ for less experienced users. Called a substance page, being developed in our wiki environment, contains only physical data and spectra plus some information imported from wikipedia. Also has the lewis version of the structure, important because students are not introduced to skeletal forms until the later stages of A-level
  • 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!
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    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 Wikipedia
    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 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
    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
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    42. 42. Sandy Lawson• Skolnik Symposium
    43. 43. ScientistsDB to Wikipedia?
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    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.• 8 contributors only…in 7 months
    48. 48.• 7 contributors only…in 6 months
    49. 49. 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 … 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 youEmail: williamsa@rsc.orgTwitter: ChemConnectorPersonal Blog: www.chemconnector.comSLIDES: