Early Digital Chemical Objects

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Chemistry was one of the first disciplines to take advantage of the explosive development of the World Wide Web in the early 1990s. Several chemists, particularly in the UK, saw how knowledge could be created, collated and displayed in novel ways. A wide range of applications were explored digitally and virtually including courses, conferences, publications, catalogues, lectures, formal publications, grey literature and collections. These were often mounted on web pages but these have not always been maintained and are in danger of decaying. This collection will recover those digital chemical artefacts that still exist.

Many took advantage of technologies such as Java and HTML to add behaviour and animation to these objects. Some of these may no longer work but it may be possible to restore or simulate their behaviour. Others may depend on commercial software which is no longer supplied or for which licenses are unaffordable.

In many cases precise records of dates and usage are already fuzzy. We shall try to add as much supporting metadata as possible and may revise it later. We regard navigation and annotation as critical, but see preservation as the immediate goal in some cases.


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    The Early Years of Molecular Modeling at Glaxo
    (2008-02-05T16:48:53Z) Murray-Rust, Peter; Adams, Nico
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    The Early Days of XML Through A Scientist's Eyes - An Interview with Peter Murray-Rust
    (2008-02-04T20:08:23Z) Murray-Rust, Peter; Adams, Nico
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    Virtual Launch of Chemical Markup Language
    (2004-11-25T09:13:15Z) Murray-Rust, Peter

    These are a set of HTML slides presented during the virtual launch of Chemical Markup Language in 1998-04. This was an exciting and novel event. It was sponsored by Chemweb Ltd. (then a division of MDL, managed by Bill Town) and the infrastructure was provided by VEI (through Barry Hardy). The slides were loaded onto a server and the particpants registered (free) to observer these in serial order. All communication was text but bidirectional (participants could text the presenters).

    This was a series of virtaul lectures presented by ChemWeb. PeterMR, HenryR and Wendy Warr (moderator) sat in Henry's office/lab in Imperial College. Over 500 participants registered. For most of them it was a completely new experience and most coped well. However due to the large "attendance" the server became overloaded at times. There were discussion boards and comments were left on these but I expect they have decayed. The menu system has been added in 2004 to allow navigation of the material. Note that PM-R was Director of the Virtual School of Molecular Sciences in the School of Pharmacy in Nottingham. Note that most if not all of the external links will probably be defunct.