Project Mentors: Damon Ridley, Sunghwan Kim and Anja Brunner.
The wealth of information available creates information overload problems, and more than ever it is helpful if scientists understand the core collections in their field and know which sources to use and when. At some stage, evaluations of the different options need to be made, and since elsewhere in this course PubChem and Reaxys have been introduced, we now have the opportunity to evaluate them together.
We shall explore answers to questions such as: in what ways are they similar and in what ways are they complementary; what is their combined landscape, and how are the different systems searched?
Those interested in teaching chemical information retrieval may wish to explore the “big picture”, i.e., the overall content and search functionality of PubChem/Reaxys; those interested in finding information in their special field of study or research may wish to explore subject-specific information.
Evaluating systems is fraught with numerous difficulties pertaining not only to the database(s) but also to the knowledge and skills of the searchers. In this project we shall work as a team, with different participants evaluating areas of their choice. The outcome should be of interest to everyone in the OLCC program … and beyond …