National Chemical Database Service: help to justify its continued support

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Do you know about or already use the National Chemical Database Service (NCDS)?

It is an EPSRC-funded service provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry to all students and other members of UK academic institutions. It brings together tools and resources for UK researchers in chemistry and related fields.

All web-based services are freely accessible from any UK academic network. These include:

  • ACD/I-Lab – an online tool which features predictions and databases of physicochemical properties and NMR spectral information.an online tool which features predictions and databases of physicochemical properties and NMR spectral information.
  • Available Chemicals Directory (ACD) – a database of commercially available chemicals that can be searched by structure.
  • Chemicalize – a public web resource which identifies chemical structures in webpages and other text using ChemAxon’s Name to Structure parsing.
  • ChemSpider – a free chemical structure database providing access to over 28 million structures, properties and associated information from more than 400 data sources.
  • Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) – a collection of over 600,000 small-molecule organic and organometallic crystal structures that can be visualised and downloaded.
  • CrystalWorks – provides access to the wide range of crystallographic structural data made available by the Chemical Database Service.
  • DETHERM -one of the world’s largest thermophysical databases and contains data for 4,200,000 data sets, 129,500 mixtures, and 38,850 pure compounds.
  • Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD) – the world’s largest database for fully identified inorganic crystal structures.
  • SPRESIweb – allows users to search 5.52 million molecules and 4.26 million reactions, extracted from 675,000 references and 164,000 patents covering the years 1974 – 2011.

Find more information about these resources here.

Help to demonstrate the scientific impact of the NCDS

The NCDS needs your help:

The National Chemical Database Service is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council on the basis that it meets a community need: access to specialist databases that enable research in chemistry and related fields. As part of EPSRC’s routine review of mid-range facility provision, we are preparing an application (called a Statement of Need) to justify continued support of the NCDS after 2017. While we will collate the application on behalf of our Advisory Board, it represents the views and needs of the UK scientific community, so your input is vital to its success. You can help us ensure that all of UK academia retains access to the NCDS resources in the following ways:

Please see the post on the Chemical Database Service Blog here.

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