## Thursday, February 01, 2007

### RSC: the first publisher to go semantic!

Just announced: the RSC goes semantic! Colin Batchelor was here at the CUBIC last autumn, where we discussed issues involved, mostly relating to experimental section of organic chemistry syntheses, and NMR and MS spectra in particular, so I knew that this was coming our way. The announcement writes:
RSC Publishing, the publishing arm of the Royal Society of Chemistry, ispleased to announce a new initiative for its journals. From February2007 electronic RSC journal papers will be enhanced so that their datacan be read, indexed and intelligently searched by machine, a first steptowards the "semantic web".Readers will be able to click on named compounds and scientific conceptsin an electronic journal article to download structures, understandtopics, or link through to electronic databases; compounds and ontologyterms will be published as RSS feeds enabling automated discovery ofrelevant research. The initiative, coined 'Project Prospect', is the first of its scopefrom a primary research publisher. Developed together with UK academicsbased at the Unilever Centre of Molecular Informatics and the ComputingLaboratory at Cambridge University, the Project uses InChIs (IUPAC'sInternational Chemical Identifier for compounds); OBO ontology terms(Open Biomedical Ontologies: a hierarchical classification of biomedicalterms) such as the Gene Ontology (GO) and the related Sequence Ontology(SO); terms from the IUPAC Gold Book; and CML (Chemical Markup Language:a means to describe molecular information in a structured form).  This is a completely free service for authors and readers of RSCjournals. The enhanced articles have an at a glance HTML view withadditional features accessed by a tool box. Downloadable compoundstructures and printer friendly versions will be available via this newservice.

Colin, cheers!