#greenchain #acsanaheim #quixotechem #blueobelisk
I am leading off today’s ACS program on the Internet and Social Networking http://abstracts.acs.org/chem/241nm/program/divisionindex.php?act=presentations&val=Internet+and+Chemistry:+Social+Networking&ses=Internet+and+Chemistry:+Social+Networking&prog=54108 . I intend to talk about our social experiment last year at Science Online (the “greenchain reaction”) but this is also a wonderful opportunity to create a collective memory of the last ?20 years. Memory fades (at least mine) and the Internet record decays with ruthless and terrifying speed. So here’s the idea (only made possible because we have good wifi in the centre):
We create an Etherpad (http://okfnpad.org/internetChemistry ) of the timeline of the last 20 years (1990-) and populate it communally from within the real-life audience and also wider (anyone who sees this mail or related tweets). If you have never used an Etherpad before it’s trivial. Just enter your name or alias, and start typing. I am going to seed it with some timepoints which I think are critical, and here’s the current list. I will almost certainly get dates wrong and miss people. So here’s my first pass… current pad scraped…
History of Chemistry on the Internet 1990-
Emphasis on Social networks or seminal technologies (not organizational presence)
Please enter events or technologies or resources that are seminal to the development of social networks either directly (e.g. a wiki) or indirectly (e.g. Rasmol). Commercial entities are welcomed if they contribute to the history (e.g. Chemweb) but please avoid treating this as an opportunity for product placement – e.g. “AcmeChem put its catalog online”
Many of the dates are certainly wrong – please correct them!
WWW1 at Geneva demos of Rasmol, etc.
Chemical Markup Language
Hyperactive molecules (HSR et al)
Principles of Protein Structure Internet Course
Structure Based Drug Design Course
Chemweb launch of CML
First datument (MW,HSR, PMR in RSC)
Internet Journal Chemistry
Chemistry in Second life
Green Chain Reaction
ACS Internet meeting
Please visit the pad and contribute. Before, during and after the meeting. It’s not meant to be PMR-centric.
Peter Sefton has a great tool for formatting the pad – it will look pretty after that and is a useful static snapshot