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Saturday, November 19, 2005

OA search engine for chemistry

Chmoogle is a new search engine for chemistry. From yesterday's press release:
eMolecules, Inc. today announced the launch of Chmoogle, the world's leading free open-access chemistry search engine. Chmoogle's mission is to discover, curate and index all of the public chemical information in the world, and make it available to the public. Chmoogle distinguishes itself by extremely fast searches, an appealing presentation of results, and high-quality chemical drawings. "The world's knowledge in chemistry is an invaluable resource", said Dr. Klaus Gubernator, eMolecules' Chief Executive Officer. "It lies dormant until it becomes searchable by every chemist. The language of chemistry is chemical structures. Chmoogle makes the world's chemistry searchable by structure. Just draw a molecule using your favorite structure drawing tool and hit Go!." Craig James, eMolecules' Chief Technology Officer, explained, "The scale and speed of Chmoogle is unlike anything that's come before. We had to start from scratch, build a new chemical database engine from the ground up, so that we could give users the response times they expect, handle one of the world's largest collections of molecules, and respond to the unique demands of the world wide web." Rashmi Mistry, head of eMolecules' Data Acquisition team, said, "While building some of the world's largest corporate chemical databases and managing corporate mergers, we learned the complexity and the wide variety of ways in which chemical information is represented. Chmoogle's Data Acquisition technology integrates everything we've learned. We were able to obtain millions of molecules from hundreds of sources, and merge them into a single, searchable chemical database." Chmoogle allows users to send queries, results and individual structures as links to their colleagues via email. This feature creates an unparalleled collaborative environment for chemists worldwide. Chmoogle provides Chmoogle Free code that users can embed into their own web sites for direct access to Chmoogle, as well as hosted cheminformatics systems and full web sites for chemical suppliers, pharmaceutical and other chemical industries.
(Thanks to STLQ.)

Update. Chmoogle changed its name to eMolecules, May 26, 2006.