Computers learn chemistry

Van Noorden R. Computers learn chemistry. 2007. Chemistry World. 2 (4)

Chemists who trawl through the thousands of chemistry papers published every month must wish their computers could do the job for them and maybe one day they will: that’s the ultimate goal of Project Prospect, an initiative unveiled this month by Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing, described in this article. From February 2007, electronic RSC journal papers will be written so their data can be read, indexed, and intelligently searched by machine. The aim of this project is to create a chemical version of the ‘semantic web’: where computers can understand the meaning (semantics) of information, rather than simply display data.