Chemists use diagrammatic representations to convey structural information. International Chemical Identifier (InChI) is a machine-readable string of symbols originally developed by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). The objective of InchI is to create a unique, public domain, open source algorithm, freely available, non-proprietary identifier for compounds. InChI covers 99% of compounds found in computer readable databases. One of the limitations is that there are areas of chemistry not yet covered by the InchI algorithm. However, different stereoisomers are assigned unique InchIs, and the InchIKey can be used on search engines
Dr. Diane C. Rein: “Bioinformatics as Trend: Use and Users”
She provided an overview and history of bioinformatics. Bioinformatics originated from genetics, and biological research has evolved from a descriptive, observational science (hypothesis driven) to a predictive information science (discovery driven). Bioinformatics is a phenomenon of engineers, computer scientists, and statisticians, and one of the outcomes of this emerging field is collaboration and the concept of global data. One of the latest, important developments in bioinformatics is the 1000 Genomes Project, and their goal is to catalog genetic variations that occur at 1% in human populations.
Dr. Alberto Accomazzi: “Astroinformatics: e-Science meets Astronomy”
Astronomy research is funded as pure research and is immune from commercial interests. Astronomy is a data driven science about to be hit by a data deluge. Scientific research requires repeatability, and the lifecycle of a research project should be documented by capturing all artifacts and components (provenance information how data was generated; data, processes and results need to be properly described, accessible and linked together).
This was my first time attending the SLA Conference, and the sessions I attended on biology, chemistry, and physics were very interesting and worthwhile. Not only did I gain new ideas for teaching but also perspective on new trends in science librarianship.