Chemical Semantics Gets $1.1M Grant to Open Up Data for Chemists


Anthony Clark of reports, "A Gainesville startup company received a $1.1 million federal grant to develop a Web portal for chemists to better share information over the next generation of the World Wide Web. Neil Ostlund, CEO of Chemical Semantics, said he learned of the grant from the Department of Energy on Friday. Chemical Semantics is developing a portal and software for computational chemists to publish and find data over the semantic web, also referred to as Web 3.0 or the web of data."


Clark continues, "Chemical Semantics has created the semantic web vocabulary -- or ontology -- for computational chemistry called the Gainesville Core. 'In chemistry, you would want to know who produced calculations on my molecule around the world, what did they calculate and can I go collect that information about what calculations have been done so I don’t have to repeat those calculations.' After starting with computational chemistry, Ostlund said they will expand to general chemistry, biochemistry and other sciences such as physics. He said he is looking for sophisticated web programmers and hopes to find them in Gainesville."


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