Posts Tagged ‘Information’

A search of some major chemistry publishers for FAIR data records.

Friday, April 12th, 2019

In recent years, findable data has become ever more important (the F in FAIR). Here I test that F using the DataCite search service.


Re-inventing the anatomy of a research article.

Saturday, December 29th, 2018

The traditional structure of the research article has been honed and perfected for over 350 years by its custodians, the publishers of scientific journals. Nowadays, for some journals at least, it might be viewed as much as a profit centre as the perfected mechanism for scientific communication. Here I take a look at the components of such articles to try to envisage its future, with the focus on molecules and chemistry.


Harnessing FAIR data: A suggested useful persistent identifier (PID) for quantum chemical calculations.

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Harnessing FAIR data is an event being held in London on September 3rd; no doubt most speakers will espouse its virtues and speculate about how to realize its potential. Admirable aspirations indeed, but capturing hearts and minds also needs lots of real life applications! Whilst assembling a forthcoming post on this blog, I realized I might have one nice application which also pushes the envelope a bit further, in a manner that I describe below.


Examples please of FAIR (data); good and bad.

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

The site is a repository of information about FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) objects such as research data.


FAIR data ⇌ Raw data.

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

FAIR data is increasingly accepted as a description of what research data should aspire to; Findable, Accessible, Inter-operable and Re-usable, with Context added by rich metadata (and also that it should be Open). But there are two sides to data, one of which is the raw data emerging from say an instrument or software simulations and the other in which some kind of model is applied to produce semi- or even fully processed/interpreted data. Here I illustrate a new example of how both kinds of data can be made to co-exist.