Monday night OT
Posted by kinasepro on December 5, 2006
There’s been a fair amount of talk over the last little while on the topic of chemoinformatics and chemblogs. Here’s my two cents.
So somehow a couple librarians have convinced Google that inchi > smiles. Result? Google may well do Inchi, but noone but the librarians are currently using it, and meanwhile google doesn’t index smiles very well. I’m reminded of a day when it was thought to be a good idea to put the CAS#s of new entities at the bottom of ACS journal articles. Don’t worry, we survived those librarians too.
Lookit, we don’t need a string of XML code that you need an advanced degree to use. We don’t need people telling us to tag our blog posts, we need an integrated solution. We need something that can draw structures and present them attractively in an index friendly HTML format. Near term: Get google to index picture descriptions, and code a firefox plugin that can insert smiles into said descriptions.
Till google has a smiles substructure search, I’m not going to bother.