## Tuesday, August 17, 2010

### #ACS_Boston #acsrdf2010 ? It's all about Open Standards!

Less than a week left before the three ACS RDF 2010 sessions! I am both nervous and excited! We really got a great team of speakers together. As a final call for people still not sure if they want to attend, I sent out a few emails. On Monday, we are competing with the big JCIM 50th anniversary, but really, that it's 50 years of old cheminformatics, where our session is about the next 50 year. Your call ;) I was told the meetings are in two rooms along side, so you should be able to see a bit of both.

Besides the really interesting list of chemical domains covered in these talks (see below), this meeting, though I have not advertised it as such, is really about Open Standards in cheminformatics. This is what I just wrote to the Blue Obelisk mailing list (:
Dear ACS-Boston 2010 participants,

with this email I would like to ask your
attention to the three Semantic Web
sessions on Sunday morning, and Monday
morning and afternoon. During these
sessions 15 presentations will be given
on how the Resource Description Framework
is changing cheminformatics.

It is of special interest to the Blue
Obelisk community that the family of RDF
technologies (RDF, OWL, SPARQL) are all
successful Open Standards, building on
older and other Open Standards like HTTP,
URI, XML (or JSON or Notation3 or
Turtle), etc.

Moreover, these technologies are not
restricted to one particular domain, such
as MDL/Symyx molfile, CML(XXX) are, as
this part is covered by the Web Ontology
Language (OWL)... each ontology in itself
can be (and should ofcourse) be an Open
Standard.

In three sessions links to computational
chemistry, knowledge management, and
general applications are demonstrated,
with wide variety of chemical disciplines
as context, including toxicology,
chemometrics, eScience, databases, wet
lab experimentation, lipidomics, text
mining, drug discovery and health care,
gene-disease-pathway modeling, and
chemical patents.

All people interested in Open
Cheminformatics should have a special
interest in these three sessions, and I
am very much looking forward to seeing
you all next Sunday and/or Monday!

The full program can be found at:

http://egonw.github.com/acsrdf2010/

(please retweet and share with friends
otherwise)

with kind regards,

Egon Willighagen