Inching towards trust

The InChI Trust was launched formally in July. The not-for-profit organization aims to expand and develop the InChI Open Source chemical structure representation algorithm. InChI was originally developed by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and others to provide a simple string of alphanumeric characters to uniquely identify chemical structures so avoiding the need for complex two- or three-dimensional representations and so facilitating structure searching across databases and the web. The Trust was incorporated in the UK in May 2009 with six charter members: the Royal Society of Chemistry, Nature Publishing Group, FIZ-Chemie Berlin, Symyx Technologies, Taylor & Francis and OpenEye. Other members are now in the process of joining.