Letter from the Editor

 science-softCon UV/Vis+ Spectra Data Base (UV/Vis+ Photochemistry Database)

Spectral information (gas, liquid and solid phase from EUV-VUV-UV-Vis-NIR) and related data (e.g.  information concerning publications on quantum yield studies or photolysis studies) from published papers.

Dear Colleagues,

in August 2000, the UV/Vis Spectra Data Base was established as an on-line service to all interested scientists. The basic concept of this database is to provide useful information to the scientific community on a proper basis, especially in times where scientific information becomes more and more a commercial product and is therefore often not within the means of those people who actually generated the information.

This service is subdivided into a “Literature Service” and a “Spectra Service”.

The Literature Service provides spectra data sheets with information concerning publications of UV/Vis+ spectra (meta data) and related data and information (e.g. quantum yields, photolysis studies etc.). Information presented by our "Literature Service" can be used free-of-charge. However, use of appropriate credits is requested.

The Spectra Service provides in addition the validated spectra data (high and low resolution spectra in digital form) as well as graphical representations. However, for some of the listed spectra, especially from older literature sources, only spectra data sheets are available.

Both database services are operated in accordance to the "Open Access" definitions and regulations of the CSPR Assessment Panel on Scientific Data and Information (International Council for Science, 2004, ICSU Report of the CSPR Assessment Panel on Data and Information; ISBN 0-930357-60-4).

To guarantee the high quality standard of the fast growing UV/Vis+ Spectra Data Base an international "Scientific Advisory Group" (SAG) was established in October 2004. 

Because of the importance of maintenance of the data base the support of the scientific community is crucial. Therefore all scientists are encouraged to support the database either actively or passively. Active support means the provision of missing or newly measured spectra data for inclusion into the data base. Although there is a modest annual fee for the data base utilization, those scientists who actively support the data base can reduce their annual license fee down to zero EURO and therefore use the database for free (for more information contact helpdesk). Nevertheless, there is also the possibility to support the database passively by subscription to the data base.

However, even those scientists who don’t support the data base can benefit from the “Literature Service” which is free-of-charge.

We hope that the UV/Vis+ Spectra Data Base proves useful for you and will facilitate your day-to-day work. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Many thanks for your co-operation and best regards,

Andreas Noelle

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