Monthly Archives: September 2007

Truth or beauty, continued

Continuing our discussion on whether a chemical strucure diagram is copyrightable. Steven Bachrach Says: September 24th, 2007 at 9:27 pm ePeter, I have to take exception to some of your claims. The chemical formula drawing is not the only way … Continue reading

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Semantic web : the scream!

I have just blogged Paul Miller's Talis Community Licence and realised that - I think - I used to get a feed from his/Talis blog. So I put it in the Feedreader and found a whole lot of posts on … Continue reading

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Diazonamide : The Blue CrystalEye Greasemonkey lends a hand

There is some doubt about what the structure of diazonamide A is. Because there is no absolute way of assigning names to structures. We only agree what aspirin is because everyone has been assigning the same structure to it for … Continue reading

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Beauty is truth, truth beauty - and copyrightable?

In (Finding chemical structures - InChIs et al., an amusement) I explored the varied approaches to drawing structures and the problems of representing them. I commented that Totally Synthetic's diagrams were not only the most unambiguous but also the most … Continue reading

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Talis licence for Open Data

I used to think Open Data was simple - "facts are not copyrightable" and everything follows. No I am wiser and realise that data are complex and need a lot of attention - fast. So it's very valuable to see … Continue reading

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CDK's Diazonamide and general thoughts on Openness

Noel O'Blog has suggested that I should use Rajarshi Guha's CDK service to layout the Diazonamide structure (see my post Finding chemical structures - InChIs et al., an amusement) baoilleach Says: September 24th, 2007 at 7:59 am eFor the record, … Continue reading

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Finding chemical structures - InChIs et al., an amusement

Totally Synthetic, Chemspider and I have been discussing the value of InChIs in blogs. TS's blog is, of course Openly available under CC licence, and he is widely revered in the community for the beauty and acuuracy of his structural … Continue reading

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open access : Thank you American Chemical Society

In my reviews of the practice of Open Access (Author Choice in Chemistry at ACS - and elsewhere?) I pointed out that there were deficiences in access and labelling on Open offerings. I've now had a reply from Dave Martinsen: … Continue reading

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How blogging makes contacts and seeds communities

I mailed yesterday about how blogging links to other blogs and generates new contacts. Here is a direct example: Jakob Says: You wrote: “More, because I have added this link to my blog, Jakoblog will get notified.” This is true … Continue reading

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Does linking to technorati tags generate spam?

In a recent post (blogs, folksonomies and tagging - get going!) I encouraged the Open Access community to start using blogs and tagging. I specifically pointed to Technorati to illustrate the value and showed that some conferences had huge amounts … Continue reading

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