Migrating a legacy platform from the "DOS age" - Is ChemLocator the next level?
A user’s story on a successful transition into the modern era: NCK A/S, a small contract research and development organisation, created a reaction database back in 1990. The database program ChemBase was chosen as the platform and at that time was considered very sophisticated, and we were fully capable of doing both structure and substructure searches. Efforts were made to archive all the reactions done since 1956, where the company was founded, into the database, and today the database consists of more than 62 years’ of accumulated knowledge. Time passed, the standard formats for storing chemistry electronically developed, and DOS as an operating system disappeared. We were forced to use a DOS emulator in order to keep accessing and maintaining the database, using standard Windows operating system – this was not an ideal solution, but it worked. Attempts over the years to transform the ChemBase database into something more modern failed, as the knowledge on how to translate the electronically stored information was lost. The Database, now consisting of more than 8000 reactions, was maintained in DOS until 2014, where ChemAxon successfully took on the challenge to migrate the data to Instant JChem. We are now working with Chemaxon on developing the next level of IT infrastructure by connecting ChemLocator to the cooperate Instant JChem database.