InChis, Theses and Stuff
A bit of house-keeping is being/about to be/might be done on Tot. Syn., so I thought I’d ask you lovely readers out there for a your opinions.
1. First off, and already implemented is InChi-ification of the structures on Tot. Syn. A nice introduction to InChi can be found here, but the jist of it is that they (InChi and the shorter InChiKey) are text identifiers for structures. You can use the InChi keys at the bottom of the post to quickly grab a copy of the structures.
I’ve done this not just so that you folks can steal the drawings (and not have to redraw them like me), but also to allow google (and it’s inferior peers) to index this data. Then, using an InChi search, you can find pages referring to those structures. Basically, SciFinder for the web. Nice. However, there’s still be bit of optimisation to be done with my implementation of this data, so I’d appreciate opinions. Currently, the InChi data is kept hidden in the tags for the relevent images (see the Diazonamide A post), and the InChiKeys in a separate “Read More” section. I dunno – do they get in the way?
2. Also of note is my lack of blogging. One post per week is pretty poor, but y’see, I kinda writing up (cue American whining about the brevity of UKian Ph Ds…). My fingers hurt…
3. I’m going to upgrade the blog to WordPress 2.3 later this week. Sorry if I break it; do email me if it doesn’t work!
4. Lastly, and without wanting to blow my own trumpet excessively, the nice people at UCB felt me worthy of the lecture prize at their “Excellence in Postgraduate Research” symposium. I won’t go on about that (though I am quite smug :)), but look at the prize:
How awesome is that? It’s a glass model of their drug, Levetiracetam, inside a 500 mL RBF. Cheers, guys!