The last decade has seen a dramatic shift toward openness in science that has encompassed Open Access Publishing, Open Source in software development, Open Data and Open Standards primarily as a result of people like Jean-Claude Bradley. As a result of these shifts the amount of data now available online for scientists to consume and interrogate is enormous and grows daily. Much of this data is however already “aged” having been extracted from published articles or assembled into databases from historical data that often lacks provenance. Jean-Claude Bradley’s drive was towards something more immediate with his concept of Open Notebook Science, making the entire primary record of research activities publicly available online as it is recorded (http://goo.gl/DGk7jf). To celebrate the work and vision of JC, this memorial series presented work that crosses both the domains of chemistry and cheminformatics that he operated in.
Editor: Dr Andrew Stuart Ian Donald Lang, Dr Antony Williams