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InChI Trust release new version of software – June 2010

28 June 2010

The InChI Trust (InChI Trust) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) are pleased to announce the release of a new version of the IUPAC International Chemical Identifier (InChI) software. Version 1.03 of the open source software is now available.

The InChI algorithm turns chemical structures into machine-readable strings of information. Among other enhancements, version 1.03 integrates the generation of the standard InChI string and non-standard, customized strings. The standard InChI/InChIKey should be used as a public identifier to allow linking and interoperability. Options to generate the non-standard InChI within the same package make it easier for organisations to use these additional options within their internal systems, conforming to their business rules. Developers and users can download the new software from here or here.

Version 1.03 also fixes a number of minor bugs, with respect to stereochemistry. It clarifies how undefined/unknown stereochemistry is handled, and clarifies some structure perception and stereo interpretation option issues.

“We are delighted to release InChI version 1.03 to the chemical community. This unification of the previous versions of the InChI algorithm means, for the first time, users can generate both the standard and non-standard versions of InChI from the same software.” says Dr Jason Wilde, Chairman of the InChI Trust. “This release also marks the first of many public outputs from the newly formed InChI Trust.”

IUPAC and the InChI Trust recommend the use of the standard InChI, an interoperable standard, as it enables linking between journals, databases and other sources of chemical information. This interlinking is one of the major advantages of the InChI standard.

Originally developed by IUPAC, InChIs are unique to the compound they describe and can encode absolute stereochemistry. The InChI was developed as a new, non-proprietary, international standard to represent chemical structures. The software is open source, with ongoing development done by the community.

Formed in 2009, The InChI Trust is a not-for-profit organization, established to expand and develop the InChI chemical structure representation algorithm. InChI Trust Members and Associates help support, shape, and direct the Trust’s ongoing development: ACD/Labs, ChemAxon, Elsevier, FIZ CHEMIE, Informa/Taylor & Francis, IUPAC, Microsoft, Nature Publishing Group, OpenEye, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Symyx Technologies, Thomson Reuters, and Wiley.

For further information, please contact: Project Director, Dr. Stephen Heller at Steve@InChI-Trust.org

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About The InChI Trust

The InChI Trust is a not-for-profit organization to expand and develop the InChI chemical structure representation algorithm. The InChI project was initially undertaken by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) with the cooperation of National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). The IUPAC International Chemical Identifier (InChI) is an alphanumeric character string generated by an algorithm. The InChI was developed as a new, non-proprietary, international standard to represent chemical structures. In 2009, a standard version of InChI and the InChIKey were released and the InChI Trust was established to support the continued development of InChI, and maintenance of the InChI algorithm.


Update – March 2010

A contract to investigate the feasibility of QC/validation tools, documentation and InChI extensions has been awarded to Digital Chemistry and the results will be available in mid 2010.

Support for the main InChI developer has been secured.

To expedite progress by the IUPAC InChI Subcommittee working groups, the InChI Trust has provided funds to hold the initial Task Group meetings for the working groups examining Markush structures and polymers, splitting the funding of these two groups with IUPAC.


Elsevier Joins InChI Trust as a Charter Member – September 2009

10 September 2009

Originally distributed by Elsevier

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 10 September 2009 – Elsevier, a leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced it has become one of the Charter Members of the InChI Trust and will have a seat on the board at the first InChI Trust Board meeting on September 11th.

Originally developed by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), the IUPAC International Chemical Identifier (InChI) is a non-proprietary, international standard to represent chemical structures as an alpha-numeric character string generated by an algorithm. InChIs are machine readable and therefore allow chemistry and chemical structures to be much more navigable and discoverable. The InChI Trust is a not-for-profit organization established to develop and improve on the current InChI standard and thereby further enable the interlinking of chemistry and chemical structures on the web.

Recognizing that scientists need to navigate through a range of information sources, Elsevier has already implemented InChI Keys within Reaxys®, the leading workflow solution for synthetic chemists. The use of InChIs also ties into the broader Elsevier strategy of Content Innovation in which research articles are enriched to provide more depth, value, and context to our users. For the chemistry journals available on ScienceDirect, the incorporation of InChI keys will accordingly improve the discoverability and organisation of compounds within the chemistry scientific literature, facilitating and accelerating connectivity to other research tools and content sources.

“Elsevier understands that chemists use a variety of tools and information sources in their research work,” said Dr. David Evans, Director Scientific Affairs at Elsevier Properties SA, and representing Elsevier at the Trust Board meeting. “The aim is to help them to navigate seamlessly through the relevant data and ultimately help them to increase their research productivity. We believe that InChIs will make an increasing contribution to this ambition and we are therefore delighted to be involved in the InChI Trust from the start.”

“Elsevier is without doubt one of the world’s most important providers of chemistry information.” said InChI Trust Project Director, Dr. Stephen Heller. “They have used InChIs since the outset and we are all delighted to have them as charter members of the InChI Trust as it further reinforces the message that InChIs are set to become a major standard in the communication of chemistry information.”

For more information about Elsevier joining the InChI Trust please contact David Evans, Director Scientific Affairs, Elsevier Properties SA, at David.Evans@reedelsevier.ch

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, Reaxys, MD Consult and Nursing Consult, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world-leading publisher and information provider. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

About Elsevier Properties SA

Elsevier Properties SA since 2007 has been the owner of the Beilstein Database and the Reaxys trademark. Elsevier Properties SA is a part of Reed Elsevier.

About The InChI Trust

The InChI Trust is a not-for-profit organization to expand and develop the InChI chemical structure representation algorithm. The InChI project was initially undertaken by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) with the cooperation of National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). The IUPAC International Chemical Identifier (InChI) is an alpha-numeric character string generated by an algorithm. The InChI was developed as a new, non-proprietary, international standard to represent chemical structures. In 2009, a standard version of InChI and the InChIKey were released and the InChI Trust was established to support the continued development of InChI, and maintenance of the InChI algorithm.

Media Contact:

David Evans
Elsevier Properties SA
David.Evans@reedelsevier.ch


Thomson Reuters Joins the InChI Trust – August 2009

18 August 2009

Originally distributed by Thomson Reuters

Trust Aims To Develop And Improve The Interlinking Of Chemistry And Chemical Structures On Web

PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ –Thomson Reuters today announced that they have joined the InChI Trust, a not-for-profit organization to expand and develop the InChI Open Source chemical structure representation algorithm. The algorithm provides a consistent, credible and compatible way for databases of chemical structures to be linked together for the benefit of users of chemical information around the world.

“We are committed to supporting the InChI Trust and InChI initiative,” said Dr. Josep Prous, Jr., Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at Thomson Reuters. “The latest version of Prous Science Integrity(R) drug discovery database adds InChI’s and InChIKeys to the more than 370,000 drugs and intermediates covered, facilitating access to and communication of information in the chemistry community.”

Support of the InChI initiative and the adoption of InChI’s within Prous Science Integrity(R) will further chemistry users’ ability to integrate information across multiple sources and communicate this information in a consistent way across the globe.

“We are delighted to welcome Thomson Reuters as a member of the InChI Trust,” says Project Leader Dr. Stephen Heller. “We value their support, as specialists within the chemical information industry, to continue to develop the InChI and InChIKey standards to enable wide scale linking of chemical information.”

Prous Science Integrity seamlessly integrates biological, chemical and pharmacological information on more than 300,000 compounds with demonstrated biological activity, plus tens of thousands of synthesis intermediates and over 125,000 patent family records. Updated daily, this unique database is designed to empower your drug discovery and development activities. Find out more about Prous Science Integrity here.

Thomson Reuters will be attending the 238(th) American Chemical Society’s National Meeting and Exposition, August 16-20, 2009 in Washington, DC and ChemOutsourcing, September 14-16, 2009 in Long Branch, NJ. Researchers are encouraged to come and receive a demonstration of the latest changes to Prous Science Integrity.

About Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, scientific, healthcare and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs more than 50,000 people in 93 countries. For more information, go to thomsonreuters.com.

Source: Thomson Reuters

Sue Besaw, Healthcare & Science, Thomson Reuters, +1-215-823-1840, Susan.Besaw@thomsonreuters.com


Launch of the InChI Trust – July 2009

21 July 2009

Originally distributed by Nature Publishing Group

The InChI Trust, a not-for-profit organisation to expand and develop the InChI Open Source chemical structure representation algorithm, is formally launched this week. Originally developed by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), the IUPAC International Chemical Identifier (InChI) is an alpha-numeric character string generated by an algorithm. The InChI was developed as a new, non-proprietary, international standard to represent chemical structures. The Trust aims to develop and improve on the current InChI standard, further enabling the interlinking of chemistry and chemical structures on the web. The connection with IUPAC is maintained through IUPAC’s InChI Subcommittee.

The InChI algorithm turns chemical structures into machine-readable strings of information. InChIs are unique to the compound they describe and can encode absolute stereochemistry Machine-readable, the InChI allows chemistry and chemical structures to be navigable and discoverable. A simple analogy is that InChI is the bar-code for chemistry and chemical structures. The InChI format and algorithm are non-proprietary and the software is open source, with ongoing development done by the community.

“The goal of the InChI Trust”, says Project Director Stephen Heller “is to continue to develop the InChI and InChIKey, the condensed machine-searchable version, as a tool to enable widescale linking of chemical information.”

The InChI Trust was formally incorporated in the UK in May 2009, and now has 6 charter members: The Royal Society of Chemistry, Nature Publishing Group, FIZ CHEMIE Berlin, Symyx Technologies, Taylor & Francis and OpenEye. Further organizations and publishers are in the process of joining the InChI Trust.

“Nature Publishing Group is delighted to be a charter member of the InChI Trust”, says Jason Wilde, Publisher for the Physical Sciences, Nature Publishing Group. “We view the ongoing maintenance of the InChI algorithm, and the resulting adoption of InChI, as important for the development of chemistry communication. The interlinking that the InChI offers between journal content and databases ensures that chemistry is the first truly web-enabled scientific discipline.”

“The InChI has already gained a wide user base,” says Richard Kidd, Informatics Manager at the Royal Society of Chemistry, “and the Trust will ensure continuing development and support for this key standard, helping to link together chemical resources across the internet. The RSC is proud to support the InChI Trust.”

Since the introduction of the InChI in 2005, there has been widespread take-up of InChI standards by public databases and journals. Today, there are more than 100 million InChIs in scientific literature and products.

To date, numerous databases, journals, and chemical structure drawing programs have incorporated the InChI algorithm. These include the NIST WebBook and mass spectral databases, the NIH/NCBI PubChem database, the NIH/NCI database, the EBI chemistry database, ChemSpider, Symyx Draw and many others.

The initiative serves chemists, publishers, chemical software companies, chemical structure drawing vendors, librarians, and intermediaries by creating an international standard to represent defined chemical structures. This provides a consistent, credible and compatible way for databases of chemical structures to be linked together for the benefit of users of chemical information around the world.

For further information, please contact:

Project Director, Dr. Stephen Heller at Steve@InChI-Trust.org

Background notes

The InChI project was initially undertaken by IUPAC with the cooperation of National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). In 2009, a standard version of InChI and the InChIKey were released. Members of the InChI Trust will pay annual dues to support the continued development of InChI, and maintainance of the InChI algorithm. This income will be used exclusively for InChI algorithm development, maintenance, outreach, and educational activities associated with the project.

Details of the up-take by many chemical database providers, software developers, and journal publishers are available at here.