I thought I would post a note on the EMBL-EBI's Industry Programme. This is a forum open to all life-science companies to network and understand the tools, resources and direction of the EMBL-EBIs activities, and also encourage discussion of pre-competitive and collaborative activities between life-science companies. Given the increasing demands for cost-reduction, data integration and knowledge representation within the sector this activity is becoming increasingly important. Details of how to join the can be found on the EMBL-EBI web-site (link above). An analogous group exists for smaller companies (SME/SMBs).
Motivation The CheMBL Web Services provide simple reliable programmatic access to the data stored in ChEMBL database. RESTful API approaches are quite easy to master in most languages but still require writing a few lines of code. Additionally, it can be a challenging task to write a nontrivial application using REST without any examples. These factors were the motivation for us to write a small client library for accessing web services from Python. Why Python? We choose this language because Python has become extremely popular (and still growing in use) in scientific applications; there are several Open Source chemical toolkits available in this language, and so the wealth of ChEMBL resources and functionality of those toolkits can be easily combined. Moreover, Python is a very web-friendly language and we wanted to show how easy complex resource acquisition can be expressed in Python. Reinventing the wheel? There are already some libraries providing access to ChEMBL d