Reports on the 227th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) which took place at the end of March 2004 in Anaheim, California. Notes that the national meeting of the society is held twice a year, and is a working meeting of the membership, most of whom are involved in chemical research in the industrial and academic sectors; notes also that the range of topics at this meeting varied widely. Outlines several of the papers presented, including one which the author delivered. The highlight of the whole conference for the author was a presentation in the General Papers session “New ways to integrate data and information”, which discussed the organization of information and how to improve access performance by using federated data sources, linking using data wrappers, application software and user defined libraries, and database extenders.
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