Editor’s note: As we continue to invite bloggers out there in the wild to compose our monthly Blogroll column, See Arr Oh returns to pen the March 2015 column.
Why the rise of the machines is a good thing for chemistry.
No matter your research interests, I’ll bet you depend more on computers — databases, scripts, templates, macros, electronic laboratory notebooks, sketching tools, machine learning — than ever before. Luckily, the chemblogosphere has you covered.
Next, Martin Stoermer, of the aptly-named Chemistry and Computers blog, opines on indexing open-access chemistry data. He desires a model similar to that set by physics (with arXiv) or biomedical research (with PubMed). Meanwhile, Egon Willighagen at Chem-bla-ics, makes budding programmers aware of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s efforts to promote open science. They are providing access to their databases in exchange for Wikipedia contributions.
Finally, there was a lively debate at In the Pipeline over some seemingly odd structures from a molecular dynamics paper published in Nature Chemistry. Derek took issue with an extra methylene group and a potentially unstable hemiaminal before the lead author of the study quickly confirmed in the comments that they were simply drawing errors. The discussion continued, however, with academic heavyweights Henry Rzepa and Peter Murray-Rust chiming in, calling for reforms against what they consider to be outmoded publishing customs in the Internet age.