I am delighted to announce that XCITR (Explore Chemical Information Teaching Resources) has found a new home. After a successful transfer from FIZ Chemie Berlin, the program is now hosted and maintained by the eScience group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is accessible at http://www.xcitr.org.

We are very grateful and thank FIZ Chemie, especially Prof. René Deplanque, Dr. Gregor Zimmermann and Dr. Ira Fresen, for hosting and maintaining the program in the past. Their efforts in the development of XCITR are very much appreciated.

The program is a collaborative project of the Division of Computer-Information-Chemistry (CIC) of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

The purpose is to facilitate the availability and distribution of instructional material in chemical information. XCITR is a hub in which librarians, instructors and information providers deposit and access important and useful teaching materials. Additionally, one can find educational materials about library services and collections.

The open source system uses Drupal to make full use of Web 2.0 functionalities. Contents can be provided as documents (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and PDF files), embedded videos (from www.youtube.com) or slideshows (from www.slideshare.net), and as external web-based instructional materials by providing a link. At present, over 50 documents have been submitted. All submissions are evaluated by an Editorial Committee to make sure that they are within the scope of the collection. The system is available at http://www.xcitr.org and can be accessed without a password for browsing.

We urge readers to become familiar with XCITR and its content and to submit instructional material that may be of interest and help to other information specialists.

Pull-down menus help make it quick and easy to supply metadata for a resource. When finished, please choose “Review” on the Workflow tab to initiate the submission process with the editorial board.

Details of the program and its history are available in the Fall 2011 Newsletter of the Division of Chemical Education’s Committee on Computers in Chemical Education (CCCE) Newsletter at http://www.ccce.divched.org/P1Fall2011CCCENL.

Please contact me if you have any questions at ggrethe AT att.net.

Guenter Grethe