Blue Obelisk

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Blue Obelisk
FounderPeter Murray-Rust
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Blue Obelisk is an informal group of chemists who promote open data, open source, and open standards; it was initiated by Peter Murray-Rust and others in 2005.[1][2][3] Multiple open source cheminformatics projects associate themselves with the Blue Obelisk, among which, in alphabetical order, Avogadro, Bioclipse, cclib, Chemistry Development Kit, GaussSum, JChemPaint, JOELib, Kalzium, Openbabel, OpenSMILES,[4] and UsefulChem.[5]

Dependency diagram of some Blue Obelisk projects.

The project has handed out personal awards for achievements in promoting Open Data, Open Source and Open Standards. Among those who received[6] a Blue Obelisk Award are:

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  1. ^ P. Murray-Rust, The Blue Obelisk, CDK News, 2005, 2, 43–46
  2. ^ Guha, R; Howard, MT; Hutchison, GR; Murray-Rust, P; Rzepa, H; Steinbeck, C; Wegner, J; Willighagen, EL (2006). "The Blue Obelisk-interoperability in chemical informatics". Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling. 46 (3): 991–8. doi:10.1021/ci050400b. PMC 4878861. PMID 16711717.
  3. ^ O'Boyle, N; Guha, R; Willighagen, EL; Adams, SE; Alvarsson, J; Bradley, JC; Filippov, IV; Hanson, RM; Hanwell, MD; Hutchinson, GR; James, CA; Jeliazkova, N; Lang, ASID; Langer, KM; Lonie, DC; Lowe, DM; Pansanel, J; Pavlov, D; Spjuth, O; Steinbeck, C; Tenderholt, AL; Theisen, TJ; Murray-Rust, P (2011). "Open Data, Open Source and Open Standards in chemistry: The Blue Obelisk five years on". Journal of Cheminformatics. 3 (1): 37. doi:10.1186/1758-2946-3-37. PMC 3205042. PMID 21999342.
  4. ^ "OpenSMILES Home Page".
  5. ^ "UsefulChem - home".
  6. ^ "The Blue Obelisk / Blue Obelisk Wiki / Blue_Obelisk_Awards".
  7. ^ "Alex D. Wade". LinkedIn.
  8. ^ "NextMove Software / News".

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