CDS News - iPetition
[updated 10 Jun 2009]
Statement of Need for a National Chemical Database Service
The EPSRC has recently initiated a review of its current 'Mid Range
The Chemical Database Service (CDS) at Daresbury is one of these
In response to the EPSRC review, members of the chemistry community
have put in place an electronic 'iPetition'.
The purpose of this petition is to provide a mechanism for the UK
academic community to register its support for continued access to the
kind of database facilities currently provided by the CDS.
Link to iPetition webpage
When you sign the petition you will be registering your view
that the EPSRC should finance a national chemical database service.
There is no implication that it will necessarily be provided by any
specific site or organisation.
However, you have the opportunity to add your comments about
current provision and what you would like to see available in the
Overview of Current CDS Service
All categories of users are invited to respond to this call.
They range from undergraduate students to university vice-chancellors.
It should only take a minute or two of your time.
It is vital that you make your feelings known as a matter of urgency.
By signing the petition you will signal to the EPSRC that there is a
real demand and need for such resources.
EPSRC Webpage on Mid Range Facilities Review
Professor Rod Hubbard (York)
Professor Paul Raithby (Bath)
Professor Ben Davis (Oxford)
Professor Jeremy Frey (Southampton)
Dr. Amparo Galindo (Imperial College)
Dr. Andrew Fogg (Liverpool)
Dr. Tim Claridge (Oxford)
If you wish to contact the Petition Sponsors you can do so via
It is vital that the community expresses its full support for a UK
national chemical database service to ensure future funding. Please
sign our iPetition as soon as you can. If you have comments for the
Statement of Need do so before 10th June. We will, however, continue
to accept signatures and any comments after that date.
Item added 10/06/09
Material for the Statement of Need is now in place, but we will
continue to accept signatures.
Item added 06/06/09
We are now able to accept comments for the Statement of Need up until
Wednesday 10th June. However, we do ask you to add your signatures
(with or without) comments as soon as possible.
Item added 30/05/09
If you have comments you believe may be useful for the statement of
need please make sure you sign the Petition before Monday
8th June. We need to submit the SoN document by 5.00 pm Friday 12th
June. So we would like to have as many signatures supporting a future
chemical database service before that date. We will, of course,
continue to accept signatures beyond that point.
Item added 30/04/09
The Chemical Database Service petition set up on the IPetitions Website