Chem4Word: Chemistry and the semantic web

On February 1, 2011, Microsoft Research released  version 1 of Chem4Word, the Chemistry Add-in for Word, and announced the assignment of the open source project to the Outercurve Foundation by Microsoft Research and the University of Cambridge.  Chem4Word had previously been available in beta and was originally announced at the ACS National meeting in March 2010.

Every discipline has its own language.   In chemistry, not only is there a specific language, but also specific symbols. Empowering those symbols by enabling them to communicate across technologies and formats, as well as simplifying authoring and semantic annotation, is at the heart of the Chemistry Add-in for Word.

Chem4Word makes it easier for students, chemists and researchers to insert and modify chemical information, such as labels, formulas and 2-D depictions, from within MS Word. Designed for and tested on both Word 2007 and Word 2010, it uses a powerful Chemical Markup Language (XML for chemistry), making it possible not only to author chemical content in Word, but also to include the data behind those structures.  The add-in enables the creation of inline chemical zones, the rendering of print-ready visual depictions of chemical structures, and the ability to store and expose chemical information in a semantically rich manner across the worldwide chemistry community.

Interested?  View an introductory demo, read the documentation download  v.1, read comments, … all on the Microsoft Research Chem4Word site.

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