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08 Jun

New Bioinformaticist, waiting for orders! :)

Published by dalloliogm

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Hi!

My name is Giovanni and I'm a student fo bioinformatics, from Italy.

I'm interested in contributing to the synaptic leap. I've noticed that this website isn't seeing too much activity lately, and I'm sorry for that, but I do believe that the idea of a Scientific Community inspired by the OpenSource one is very good.

29 Apr

Lead Discovery Database at WHO

Published by MatTodd

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There's a new database from WHO for tracking new targets for drug discovery for neglected diseases. Not much there yet, but it's sure to grow.

Mat

10 Jan

Discussion on Ethical Pharmaceuticals

Published by MatTodd

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There was a report in a UK paper recently about an 'ethical pharmaceutical' approach to the production of new drugs, by the development of a patent-beating formulation of an existing compound. A discussion just started about this over here.

Mat

 

09 Jan

Open Source/Access Conference

Published by MatTodd

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A conference on open access/public knowledge projects is being held in Vancouver in July:

 http://ocs.sfu.ca/pkp2007/

It's interesting that this area has become large/mainstream enough that whole conferences are being devoted to it.

Mat

XXVI Midwest Enzyme Chemistry Conference

Published by Anatoly Chernyshev on 26 September 2006 - 10:39pm

Hello,

 I'm going to attend XXVI Midwest Enzyme Chemistry Conference
(September 30, 2006, Northwestern U., Chicago; http://www.midwestenzyme.org). If somebody will be there and feels like talking, please drop me a line.

Cheers,

Anatoly

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20 Aug

The Synaptic Leap at Science Foo Camp 2006

Published by gtaylor

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I had the honor and privilige of attending Science Foo Camp at Google last weekend. O'Reilly and Associates, Nature and Google sponsored the event and brought together roughly 200 cross-discipline scientists and open source software geeks from around the world. There was definitely a theme of those invited - open, collaboration, biomedical science, global warming, semantic web...

It was fantastic. I met a lot of interesting people and learned a lot. I of course was there talking about The Synaptic Leap. The attached presenentation was my super deck I created before the conference. I didn't present it in whole. I did however talk to people on every topic - on the bus, at the cafe, by the tents... The presentation has comments I made before the conference as well as notes on feedback I gathered - both positive and negative.

tslfoo.pdf 

I encourage you to post additional feedback below.

Cheers! 

 

Storing structures and views for search later

Published by alex_a on 3 August 2006 - 2:04am

Not sure where this should go - I have v. limited experience here and it is not in my profile, so I say this and nip off. Anyway - hats off for a fine concept and the best of luck

The idea I want to pass on here is one I try on commercial research but they are cautious due to deniability and litigation.

I propose that you set up mechanisms to recieve actual structural files when you discuss  chemical or biological structure related questions. The point being that you can forever associate the comments or threads or blog entries (whatever) with that structure file. In this way you can later perform all manner of searches and comparisons with the stored structural data and also serve up human comments related to those structure entry appearances. Actually what you are doing is storing human information which is difficult to search massively (so far) with a well constrained concept which can very easily be power searched (structure graphs). Structural files in information speak are very highly specific and even with very large collections of files the power of the query launguage (structure query) can allow you to produce query results with very little junk - at least on the structural side (human related comments can of course be junk). Downstream - with more data there are manifold possibilities to mine the structure files to generate knowledge and if all goes well the power of the text handling side shows much promise to multiply the value of the human comments

On the discussion enhancing side I am sure having, at least, images of structures and possibly 3D binding pocket views would be cool - especially if you can save the view and publish it (say as a gif) and attach it to your posts/blog to support your comments, of course as a structure file opponents are at liberty to open it, re-evaluate and suggest alternatives - especially if they can open the file from your wewbsite and be looking exactly at the view and trimmings. If we factor virtual discovery surfaces in here then we could multiply the power of the forum massively

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Open Source Article Now Online

Published by MatTodd on 13 June 2006 - 1:20pm

The article on open source written by members of TSL is now online, and may be accessed here. The article is published in the Australian Journal of Chemistry, and the publishers (CSIRO, Australia) have agreed to provide the article as open access, so no subscription is required to download it.

We'd all be very interested in feedback and ideas on the very general points mentioned.

Cheers,

Mat

 

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09 Jun

Flyer for The Synaptic Leap

Published by gtaylor

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The attached document is a 2 page flyer for The Synaptic Leap. It looks best when printed double-sided and in color. I encourage you all to print and distribute it at your research facility. Of course you can always email it too.

And by all means if you have suggestions/edits, post comments below. 

Cheers!

Ginger 

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