Future of chemical information

Dave Weininger, DSS99

Chemical information problems are getting easier.

Chemistry is not the first science to go down this road.

Chemistry is becoming largely an information science.

Chemistry is probably already as much an information science as it is an experimental science. HTS Example.

The role of computers/informatics in chemistry is changing. Examples:

It's not just the informatics part of chemistry that is changing.

It's easy to see that chemical informatics is evolving rapidly. The rest of chemistry is evolving also, though perhaps less obviously. Examples:

  • Chemistry disciplines

  • Chemists themselves

  • Chemistry fads

  • Chemical laboratory bench

  • Chemical supply

    How do we prepare for the future?

    There's no crystal ball, but here are some clues and predictions: