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The Tony Kent Strix Award

 

UKeiG presents the Tony Kent Strix Award in partnership with the International Society for Knowledge Organisation (ISKO UK) and the British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BCS IRSG). The award is sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry Chemical Information & Computer Applications Group.

The UK electronic information Group (UKeiG) is now seeking 2017 nominations for this prestigious award.

The Tony Kent Strix Award is given in recognition of an outstanding practical innovation or achievement in the field of information retrieval in its widest sense, including search and data mining, for example. This could take the form of an application or service, or an overall appreciation of past achievements from which significant advances have emanated. The award is open to individuals or groups from anywhere in the world.

The deadline for nominations is Thursday 31st August 2017.

Nominations should be for achievement that meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • A major and/or sustained contribution to the theoretical or experimental understanding of the information retrieval process
  • Development of, or significant improvement in, mechanisms, a product or service for the retrieval of information, either generally or in a specialised field
  • Development of, or significant improvement in, easy access to an information service
  • Development and/or exploitation of new technologies to enhance information retrieval
  • A sustained contribution over a period of years to the field of information retrieval for example, by running an information service or by contributing at national or international level to organisations active in the field.

Key characteristics that the judges will look for in nominations are innovation, initiative, originality and practicality.

The information to be supplied in the nomination should comprise:

  • The name, institutional address and qualifications of the nominee
  • A brief biography (not more than one page of A4)
  • A relevant bibliography (i.e. not comprehensive but including the key publications relevant to the nomination)
  • A justification for the nomination, of not more than one page of A4, showing clearly which of the Strix award criteria the nominee meets and how the criteria are met
  • Additional material (e.g. letters of support - letters from past winners would be especially valuable).

It is possible that the Award Committee will request additional information from the nominators for those nominees considered suitable candidates for the award.

Nominations for the 2017 award should reach the judges by Thursday August 31st 2017 and be emailed to:

John Wickenden – Hon. Secretary UKeiG secretary.ukeig@cilip.org.uk
cc-ed to Gary Horrocks - UKeiG administrator admin@ukeig.org.uk
cc-ed to Sue Silcocks – Hon. Treasurer UKeiG treasurer.ukeig@cilip.org.uk


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RSC Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group survey on Social Media Channels

 

The Royal Society of Chemistry Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group (CICAG) are conducting a survey to find out more about the way that scientists use the various social media channels.

The survey is very short and feedback would be appreciated from everyone, you don't have to be a member of the RSC (or CICAG) to contribute.

The survey can be found here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YSYFRDP.

The Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group (CICAG) is one of the RSC’s many member-led Interest Groups.


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Royal Society of Chemistry Twitter Poster Conference

 

The Royal Society of Chemistry Twitter Poster Conference is an online event held entirely over Twitter to bring members of the scientific research community together to share their research, network and engage in scientific debate. Building upon the success of the previous two Analytical Science Twitter Poster Conferences, the 2017 poster conference encompassed all areas of the chemical sciences. The conference reached the scientific research community around the world, achieving 1,650 contributors, 6,473 tweets, an audience of 2,770,749 and 11,841,519 total impressions.


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RSC Membership

 

Royal Society of Chemistry members will be getting their annual subscription details around now. Can I remind people that your membership entitles you to membership of up to THREE Interest Groups. I'd urge you to make use of them, in particular:-

33 Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector
86 Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group.

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Reduced subscription rates are also available to:

Full time postgraduate students (including PGCE students) – £19 Low income members with an income below £26,000 per annum – Fellow £74, Member £65, Associate £39, Affiliate £41 Retired members – Fellow £74, Member £65, Associate £39, Affiliate £41


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Chemistry on Mobile Devices: Create, Compute, Collaborate: Meeting Report

 

Here is the meeting report for the Chemistry on Mobile Devices: Create, Compute, Collaborate conference that was held yesterday. Organized by RSC CICAG.

Mobile devices are now ubiquitous, there are now estimated to be over two billion SMART phones and tablets in use globally. Each with the computing power to handle most of a chemists needs. The aim of the meeting was to look at the many ways that mobile devices could become the chemist’s essential companion. From searching and consuming content, to performing computational calculations and providing interactive visualizations. From electronic notebooks to devices accessing Cloud based resources.

Nice of Apple to chose to release the iPhone 7 after the meeting :-)


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Chemistry on Mobile Devices: Create, Compute, Collaborate

 

An interesting conference organised by RSC Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group 7 September 2016 10:00-16:30, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Mobile devices are now ubiquitous: there are estimated to be over two billion smart phones and tablets in use globally, each with the computing power to handle most of a chemist's needs. The meeting will explore the many ways that mobile devices could become the chemist's essential companion, from consuming content to performing computational calculations, from electronic notebooks to devices accessing cloud-based resources, and much more.

More details

http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/22602/chemistry-on-mobile-devices-create-compute-collaborate


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RSC Undergraduate Research Bursaries

 

The RSC's Undergraduate Research Bursaries are now open for 2016 entries, seeking talented chemical sciences students to undertake a research placement this summer.

These research bursaries are to fund short (6-8 weeks) summer research projects for undergraduate chemistry students in the middle years of their course. The purpose of the awards is to give experience of research to undergraduates with research potential and to encourage them to consider a career in scientific research.

The bursary is worth £200 per week (£210 in London) for up to 8 weeks to cover a defined research placement.

The deadline for applications is 21 February 2016.

Please note that, for the first time, in 2016 CICAG will be funding one student bursary for research work which falls into one or more of the following areas: cheminformatics, chemical information, chemical data management, chemistry data analytics, applications of computational chemistry.

For more information about guidelines, eligibility criteria, award conditions, and the application form please see the Undergraduate Research Bursaries web page http://www.rsc.org/Education/HEstudents/undergraduate-bursary.asp

Any questions should be directed to the Under Graduate Bursaries team (see link on the Undergraduate Research Bursaries web page linked to above).


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RSC CICAG

 

If you are renewing your Royal Society of Chemistry subscription remember your membership covers up to three interest groups. If you are interested in cheminformatics you might be interested in the Chemical Informations and Computer Applications group.

I'm on the committee and we have a couple of interesting meeting in the planning stage.

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What’s in a Name: Terminology and Nomenclature the unsung heroes of open innovation

 

An interesting meeting for anyone who is interested the storing, exchange of chemicals, names or identifiers.

What’s in a Name:  Terminology and Nomenclature the unsung heroes of open innovation

21st October 2014
CICAG and ITaaU one Day Meeting
RSC, Burlington House, London

Introduction & Keynote
10.00 Registration and tea/coffee
10.30 Welcome. Representative from the Royal Society of Chemistry
10.40 Introduction. Jeremy Frey, University of Southampton

10.45 Keynote presentation: What's in a Name? Possibly Death and Taxes! Richard Hartshorn, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand; Past President, IUPAC Division of Chemical Nomenclature and Structure Representation

Nomenclature Challenges for the 21st Century
11.25 Extended Structures, Crystallography and Polymers – Challenges. Clare Tovee, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre
11.45 Naming Polymers – Buy One Get One Free. Richard Jones, Emeritus Professor of Polymer Science, University of Kent; UK National Representative, IUPAC Polymer Division
12.05 The Importance of Chemical Identifier Standards in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Colin Wood, Enterprise Information Architect, R&D IT, GlaxoSmithKline
12.25 Discussion
12.45 Lunch

The Impact of Computers and the Web
13.30 The Web – What is the Issue? Egon Willighagen, Department of Bioinformatics, Maastricht University
13.50 Health and Safety and the Semantic Web. Mark Borkum, Department of Chemistry, University of Southampton
14.10 Defining Chemical Classes in OWL-based English for ChEBI. Janna Hastings, EBI
14.30 The IUPAC Green Book – Unit's Dictators Source Book? Jürgen Stohner, Zürich University of Applied Sciences; IUPAC Commission on Physicochemical Symbols, Terminology, and Units (Comm. I.1)
14.50 Reaction InChI – Distilling the Essence of a Chemical Transformation. Jonathan Goodman, University of Cambridge and Jeremy Frey, University of Southampton
15.10 Discussion
15.30 Tea/coffee

15.50 Keynote presentation: From Chaos Comes Order – Managing Data in Open Source Drug Discovery. Matthew Todd, University of Sydney

16.30 Discussion and RSC/CICAG Role
16.50 Meeting closes

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