The journal Challenges and MDPI are sponsoring a contest aiming at identifying the best open source cheminformatics tool of the year. We are glad to announce that this contest has raised a lot of interest and many useful tools have been submitted for consideration. Whilst judging the projects we put a lot of emphasis on the possibility to display, predict and analyze data directly online, thereby enhancing the future of chemistry on the Internet. Due to the submission of a large number of high quality projects we did not come to a decision easily and consequently decided to split the prize in two - a first prize of 1,500 CHF (Swiss Francs) and a second prize of 500 CHF (Swiss Francs). We are proud to announce the winners of the competition:
The second prize is awarded to John Overington and his team for their projects "ChEMBL Beaker: A lightweight web framework providing robust and extensible cheminformatics services" and "myChEMBL: a virtual machine implementation of open data and cheminformatics tools". These great projects set up fundamentals for online cheminformatics services and sharing bioactivity data. The source code is available at https://github.com/mnowotka/chembl_beaker and https://github.com/chembl/mychembl.
The prizes will be handed over by MDPI during the Workshop on Chemical Information at the EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland on 12 September 2014.
The journal Challenges and MDPI will be sponsoring a prize of 2’000 CHF (Swiss Francs) for the winner of a contest aiming at identifying the best open source cheminformatic tool of the year. To enter the competition, the authors of such tools are invited to make the source code of their tool openly available (for instance using GitHub) and send a 1–2 pages description of the tool by e-mail to Dr. Luc Patiny (email@example.com).
The short description papers will be published in the journal Challenges after editorial review. The winner of the contest will be invited to present his/her tool at the 6th Workshop in Chemical Information at the EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland on 12 September 2014 (see the preliminary program here), where the prize will also be awarded. We are looking forward to the response and tools submitted to this first contest!
For more information on contests supported by MDPI read the latest post on the MDPI Blog.