December 3, 2008 6 Comments
Now i started this blog with the intention of writing about polymers, informatics etc.. Somewhere along the way, some advocacy, some ranting and a general critique of the scholarly publication process also crept in and, of course, there were long breaks. However, we have recently published polymer markup language, which has been in the making for a while and I am pleased to announce the paper, published in the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling:
Chemical Markup, XML and the World-Wide Web. 8. Polymer Markup Language
Polymers are among the most important classes of materials but are only inadequately supported by modern informatics. The paper discusses the reasons why polymer informatics is considerably more challenging than small molecule informatics and develops a vision for the computer-aided design of polymers, based on modern semantic web technologies. The paper then discusses the development of Polymer Markup Language (PML). PML is an extensible language, designed to support the (structural) representation of polymers and polymer-related information. PML closely interoperates with Chemical Markup Language (CML) and overcomes a number of the previously identified challenges.
Many thanks are due to everybody who worked on this and everybody in the Unilever Centre who was available for discussions, comments and critique.