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All articles need more references especially the main mass spectrometry article.--Nick Y. 21:48, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Up and Running[edit]

Most pages in the project seem to be working. Feel free to tweak anything, especially article assessments. --Kkmurray 03:03, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

Proposed merge to mass spectrometry software[edit]

From SEQUEST and MzXML (and redirect from Mascot (software)). I made the new page and copied the info, but left the old pages for now.

I think this is a better organization, although it somewhat differs from general wikipedia practice. I think in this situation, being niche software all for similar purposes and for a specific group of scientists, we can do something better suited for this situation.--Nick Y. 17:04, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
How about mass spectrometry software to list of mass spectrometry software in Category:Lists of software? Alternately, the MS bioinformatics software can be summarized in Bioinformatics#Software_tools. There really should be a proteomics equivalent to Sequence alignment software, but if there is, I could not find it. The proteomics article doesn't even have a software section. Regarding the stubs, I found Category:Bioinformatics software which has similarly stubby articles, so SEQUEST and Mascot should probably be cleaned up and re-categorized there. I'll do the latter and think some more about the MS/proteomics software issue. --Kkmurray 17:51, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
Generally the issue that comes up in merging these small articles is when they don't quite fit together or are relevant to multiple categories.--Nick Y. 20:25, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Global Dissociation Article Needed?[edit]

Lots of stubs for dissociation methods: Blackbody infrared radiative dissociation, Collision-induced dissociation, Infrared multiphoton dissociation, Electron capture dissociation (semi-related De novo repeat detection). There is no current tandem mass spectrometry page. Possible merge cleanup opportunity. --Kkmurray 03:38, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

There is now a tandem mass spectrometry article. I also created a stub for shotgun proteomics, which was linked from mass spectrometry software. --Kkmurray 03:14, 11 October 2007 (UTC)
I've been working on updating the tandem MS article, as well as a few others. Leafschik1967 01:54, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

Reference tools[edit]

Here are a couple of great tools for generating references:

--Kkmurray 03:20, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

Awards Templates[edit]

Two new templates (not mine): Template:Recipients of the Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry Award‎ and Template:Biemann Medal Recipients‎. Lots of bio articles are needed to fill them in. --Kkmurray (talk) 13:47, 2 March 2008 (UTC)

I wanted to create a similar template for the Thomson Medal, but I couldn't find the info. Any other awards that are important enough to be mentioned in Wikipedia? I'm working on the bio articles, but I hope to get some help (from others if not from former students/collaborators). It's funny that I had to defend Bowers' notability... Tons of second/third tier football players in Wikipedia and nobody questions their notability. Mgnelu (talk) 06:56, 4 March 2008 (UTC)
Here's some a partial listing of Thomson medal recipients from JMS. The IMSF site has the past four conference reports,[1] but no earlier. The full list will require some digging. JASMS has bio information on Distinguished Contribution and Biemann winners (e.g. Bowers [2]). Issues older than one year are available on-line. The notability bar is pretty high for biography, so you need to have a pretty good stub going to avoid a flag on your new page. Don't forget to put template:WikiProject Mass spectrometry and template:biography templates on the article talk page. That lets other editors know that the article has a home and a group of editors ready to take care of it. --Kkmurray (talk) 03:52, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

Following Kkmurray's example, I created a list of references that prove the notability of some mass spectrometrists who were awarded the Distinguished Contribution Award or Biemann medal (feel free to use them if you work on missing bio articles) [3] Mgnelu (talk) 07:04, 8 March 2008 (UTC)

Getting these biographies on-line was a great idea. I made a page for Boris Aleksandrovich Mamyrin two days ago and it's now the #3 Google hit and the only English language biography not behind a pay site. --Kkmurray (talk) 20:58, 8 March 2008 (UTC)


Hi! Pardon the intrusion. I just came across Insilicos in the backlog and noticed it was associated with this project. I'm wondering if anyone can help with it? I cleaned out a lot of the promotional fluff and merged one of their software -- sourcing what I couldm but I'm totally unfamiliar with their work and don't have enough of an understanding to really write this article. Can someone help? Thanks! TRAVELLINGCARIMy storyTell me yours 15:52, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

I added a section and removed the expert flag. The page needs expansion more than anything else. --Kkmurray (talk) 21:36, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

New Article: Mass spectrum analysis[edit]

On interpretation of EI mass spectra. --Kkmurray (talk) 02:22, 22 March 2008 (UTC)

Changes to the WP:1.0 assessment scheme[edit]

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Talk:Electron ionization[edit]

Hi, I see this article was classed by this WikiProject as needing a diagram. Would someone mind putting details on that article's talk page about what kind of diagram is requested? Reference to similar diagrams on the web or in standard reference texts would be helpful. thanks, pfctdayelise (talk) 13:46, 27 July 2008 (UTC)

Ditto Talk:Electron multiplier. --pfctdayelise (talk) 13:48, 27 July 2008 (UTC)

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I thought this WikiProject might be interested. Ping me with any specific queries or leave them on the page linked to above. Thanks! - Jarry1250 (t, c) 22:01, 1 February 2009 (UTC)

MS resolution[edit]

Why do the formulae on the page about MS resolution not match those in the IUPAC goldbook? After all, the citation is to the goldbook! It appears the numerator and denominator are reversed. (talk) 04:17, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

Yes, that equation was inverted. I just changed it to match the Gold Book. Thanks for pointing it out. --Kkmurray (talk) 04:36, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

Inactive tag[edit]

I marked this WikiProject as inactive due to a lack of recent project activity. If this tag was placed in error, simply remove it from the top of the page and mark this project 'active' at the WikiProject Directory, here. Andyo2000 (talk) 15:51, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

I changed the tag to semi-active which I think is more descriptive. --Kkmurray (talk) 03:58, 17 July 2009 (UTC)

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Unimolecular ion decomposition[edit]

New page added. --Kkmurray (talk) 03:05, 6 March 2010 (UTC)

GC-MS Applications[edit]

I posted this on the talk page for GC-MS, but just in case that doesn't get a lot of action - what do people think about splitting off the Applications section into its own article? Canada Hky (talk) 00:26, 15 May 2010 (UTC)

Isobaric labeling[edit]

New page added on TMT and iTRAQ. Cwenger (talk) 05:45, 22 May 2010 (UTC)

That's great. As these articles evolve, they will need more general lead sections (this understandability issue applies to quite a few other articles also). --Kkmurray (talk) 04:50, 23 May 2010 (UTC)

Mass spectrometry articles have been selected for the Wikipedia 0.8 release[edit]

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Resolve POV Fork: Kendrick Mass and Kendrick Unit[edit]

Request comments on proposed merge of Kendrick unit into Kendrick mass and mend a POV fork. In 1963, Kendrick proposed a scale based on the mass of CH2 = 14.0000.[4] This scale is useful in organic mass spectrometry, particularly in high resolution mass spectrometry of hydrocarbons (see [5]). A Kendrick unit has not been proposed, although a paper published last month uses “Ke” in a manner parallel to the Dalton unit.[6] The basis of the merge is that the Kendrick unit article goes beyond what is stated in the literature and is therefore WP:SYNTHESIS. Kendrick mass is widely accepted and a balanced discussion of a Kendrick unit is appropriate within the Kendrick mass article. Additional discussion on Talk:Kendrick_mass. --Kkmurray (talk) 13:41, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

Per discussion I have moved it to Kendrick (unit). Kehrli (talk) 09:02, 17 October 2010 (UTC)

I don't think that there was a merge consensus and the WP:OR issue needs to be resolved. I opened a RfC to try to get more discussion. --Kkmurray (talk) 21:19, 17 October 2010 (UTC)

Citation templates now support more identifiers[edit]

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Comment on the WikiProject X proposal[edit]

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Biography pages[edit]

I added or updated several mass spectrometrist biographies with fair use images where available:

The scientific contribution sections of many of these pages need expansion. --Kkmurray (talk) 14:31, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

Added Robert R. Squires from {{Biemann Medal Recipients}}. --Kkmurray (talk) 00:00, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

New articles[edit]

Metal-coded affinity tag and petroleomics. --Kkmurray (talk) 16:54, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

List of mass spectrometry software[edit]

List of mass spectrometry software is now in table format with WP:REFSPAM links converted to table entries. --Kkmurray (talk) 15:29, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

Pageview stats[edit]

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2016 Community Wishlist Survey Proposal to Revive Popular Pages[edit]

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Popular pages report[edit]

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