2017 Development Site

Greetings, You have entered the development site of the Intercollegiate Spring 2017 Cheminformatics Course, and you need to log in to see any of the material being developed for this course. Once the development phase is complete, all the material will become open access, and freely available to any instructor. If you log in you will find links to the following modules that are currently being developed and will be run in the months of February and March 2017, with April being devoted to tutored projects.

This course builds on the Fall 2015 OLCC which is available at Fall 2015 Cheminformatics OLCC, and also at the LibreText site where it has been archived.  We are looking for faculty interested in offering the Spring 2017 course and further information is available here. If you wish to be involved with this multi-campus collaboratively taught hybrid course, please contact Bob Belford, rebelford@ualr.edu , who can provide further information and access to the course material as we are developing it.

Links Accessible from this Page After Logging In:

  OLCC Retreat 
     A general discussion page where cheminformaticians and lecturers can discuss the course content. This work evolved out of a retreat prior to the 2016 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, and is an ongoing discussion.

    Programmatic Access to Web-Based Chemical Information
This module will span the entire course and is designed to assist non-programming chemistry majors in gaining skills to programmatically access online public data of value to the practice of the science of chemistry.

Part I: Cheminformatics and Data Representations

  1. Introduction
    This module will be a general introduction to the cheminformatics
  2. Chemical Representations on Computer
    This module will assist students in understanding on chemicals are represented on computers.
  3. Data Representation on Computer for Chemists
    This module will assist students in understanding on chemical data is represented on computers.

‚ÄčPart II: Public Compound Databases (Focus on PubChem)

  1. Understanding Public Chemical Databases
    This module will expose students to informatics associated with online chemical databases.
  2. Database Searching for Chemicals: Text-Based Search
    This module will guide students through text based search features
  3. Database Searching for Chemicals: Structure-Based Search
    This module will guide students through structure based search features
  4. Accessing Databases Programmatically
    This module will build upon the Programmatic Access to Web-Based Chemical Information
  5. Exploring Linked Open Data
    This module will delve into data provenance.

Part III: Student Projects;
   Students will have a chance to team up with students from other campuses and work with experts in the field to develop original projects




This page is broken into several sections, and consists of a bunch of embedded comments from other pages devoted to the following topics.


1. Syllabus Section
Spring Class Schedules (Google Doc)

2. Programmatic Access Section
3. Assessment and Communications Section


This site is devoted to discussion of assessment of the Spring 2017 OLCC.







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Herman Bergwerf | Sat, 08/13/2016 - 08:28
Just an interesting link I came across: <a href="https://github.com/KevinLawson/excel-cdk">https://github.com/KevinLawson/excel-cdk</a>

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Robert Belford | Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:17
Hi All, The OLCCFAC list is now subscribed to the Spring 2017 Development site, and comments to this will trigger emails to everyone who was involved with the Fall 2015 OLCC, or has become involved with the Spring 2017 OLCC. I will shortly add potential facilitators who showed interest at the BCCE and lecturers/facilitators whom I interacted with this week at the ACS meeting, but I want to do that with a personal email. Please send me a private email if you were in the 2015 class and wish/need to be updated. I am currently in Menlo Park CA (I was at Google yesterday and will be at the Institute for the Future later today), and then go visit a friend who does not have internet access. So I may be out of touch from Sat-Monday (I fly back to AR on Monday). There are currently 5 links on this site (and more coming), the first two are to the retreat discussions, which you may want to peruse if you did not go (you need to log in to see the files that are attached), and a module that will span the entire course on introducing students to programmatic access to data, and then there are the first 3 of 8 modules that we will be running in the spring. These will not have clear start/stop dates like in a Confchem paper, but overlap with that lecturers collaboratively teaching over several weeks, as the start/stop each week was a problem with the Fall offering (students need more time to figure things out and interact with faculty). A full month (April) will be devoted to projects, and we are looking for mentors. A real lot is going on, and we may have 19 schools on board, at least that many (or more) have shown interest, and I need to get to work before they lose their interest. But a lot has happened, and I will be on task next week. Now, these are collaborative work spaces. You should subscribe to comments on any of the modules you wish to be involved with, and you are welcome to lurk. Everyone will get comments to this module, and if you were involved with the Fall 2015 class and do not wish to be involved with the 2017, you need to unsubscribe to the OLCCFAC list. I can do that if you have problems, just email me in private. So please understand, a comment to this module goes out to the entire faculty involved with this course, lecturers, facilitators and lurkers who are interested in the project or whom may wish to be mentors and work directly with students on student projects. I think we learned a lot last Fall, and lets make this Spring a real success! Cheers, Bob

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Robert Belford | Thu, 09/01/2016 - 15:31
Hi All, After communicating with some of you, I have decided to hide the modules from the public until we actually go public, and so you need to log into this page in order to see the links to the modules, and the content associated with those links. Currently there has been a lot of activity on the "Programmatic Access to Web-Based Chemical Information" module, and please contact me if you have any questions on how to become more involved. Cheers, Bob