3/16/12

Why ChemInformatics and not ChemOinformatics?

So, finishing the old question "ChemInformatics or ChemOinformatics". I decided to find official clause for this name.
Origin of Cheminformatics seems to be originated from Obernai declaration that states use of the word cheminformatics instead of chemoinformatics. But there is no single document that states it! Even more this declaration use chemOinformatics term!


Some funny notes from molinspiration site:
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 1997 
From: Wendy Warr  
Subject: Re: Cheminformatics/Two new refs. 
I wonder if any of the sources define this awful neologism ("chemoinformatics" 
or "cheminformatics"). Does it really differ from "chemical information" or 
"computational chemistry".

More...from Endy Warr
About two years ago, many people (including myself) considered that
"cheminformatics" was a nasty neologism. My survey this summer shows
that it is now an established discipline, although the tasks involved,
and even the name of the discipline, are not clearly defined yet. 
"Cheminformatics" was preferred to "chemoinformatics" by most
respondents.


More interesting about Google Ngram comment from the Dalke Scientific blog.

More specifically, if you search for "cheminformatics" you'll see "About 6,960,000 results". Try to go to item 900 and you'll get the message:
In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 654 already displayed.
"Chemoinformatics" returns "About 96,500 results". Almost an order of magnitude less! But try going to the end of those and you'll see:
In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 671 already displayed.
Shaky indeed!


So, my conclusion is the choice was made by some top molecular modeling people, highly connected to Internet community and the final line was made when Journal of Cheminformatics appearred. From my point of view, chemoinformatics is more correct from grammatical point of view, but the world have some rules.

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