Thursday, December 2, 2010

What would be the Wikileaks of chemistry?

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Julian Assange of Wikileaks is making big waves in the world with his disclosures of internal US government documents.

I'm really not interested in talking about Wikileaks, but I would be really interested in getting an equivalent data dump from any number of large chemistry-related institutions. Here's my top 5 list of things I wouldn't mind downloading and reading:

1. Internal grant-related documents at NIH and NSF; specifically, reviews of grant proposals from the chemistry-related study sections. Having a committee of active academics basically decide the direction of a portion of chemistry research is a pretty big deal; it'd be fascinating to see how the deliberations were made.
2. Internal e-mails and deliberations at Columbia during the Sames/Sezen debacle.
3. Internal e-mails at Angewandte Chemie after l'affaire J.J. LaClair
4. All incoming e-mails and letters at C&EN after an "AARRGGH" Rudy Baum editorial
5. All internal e-mails at UCLA and associated regulatory agencies after Sheri Sangji's accident. (Wait a minute, aren't they all public record? Hmm.)

Too bad I'll never get the chance, except for #5 (maybe someday -- c'mon, Jyllian!) One can only hope.


  1. Rumour is the next WikiLeak is banks and the one after pharma companies

  2. Can't you FOIA #1?

  3. How about all communiques detailing the selection process for the ACS organic graduate fellowships? No, this isn't about envy...I'll be the first to admit the miniscule impact of my graduate research. Still, it was a bit disconcerting to see certain schools ALWAYS have winners and meet winners whose records of tangible accomplishment were drastically different (like 1 paper versus 5).

  4. wikileaking the databases on biological activity from the big pharma will be a great deal :)

  5. Anon @5AM

    Which may be the real reason they try so hard to shut him up.

  6. > How about all communiques detailing the selection process for the ACS organic graduate fellowships?

    That horrendous sound you hear?- brown-nosing, cronyism and nepotism!


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