Webinar: Using Wikipedia as a Source of Chemical Information

Speaker: Martin A. Walker, SUNY Potsdam
Date: June 27, 2013


This webinar will explain some of the most effective ways to find chemical information in Wikipedia. Chemical substance information will be described, including use of the Chembox, Drugbox and supplementary data pages. Other chemistry topics will then be covered, such as chemical reactions, biographies and chemical concepts. The session will then show how articles are written, maintained and assessed by the community, showing how vandalism is caught and how data are validated.



Martin A. Walker
was born on Tyneside in England, and developed an early interest in chemistry. He received a BSc(Hons) in chemistry from the University of Bristol in 1981, then worked for 12 years on developing processes for the manufacture of fine chemicals, in the UK and the US. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1998 from Brandeis University, MA, he began teaching at the undergraduate level. In 2001 he joined the faculty at SUNY Potsdam, where he teaches organic chemistry. Dr. Walker's research is interested in developing green chemical processes, and also in promoting green chemistry in education. In addition, Dr. Walker has had a longstanding interest in chemical information. He has been active formany years on Wikipedia, working on standards for online chemistry content and on producing offline releases of Wikipedia. During 2010-2011, while on sabbatical, he developed a chemical education website for the Royal Society of Chemistry which became the “Learn Chemistry wiki”. He served as the conference chair for NERM 2010, a regional conference of the American Chemical Society (held in Potsdam), and also as the chair for the 2013 SUNY Potsdam Academic Festival.