EMBL-EBI, programmatically - take a REST from manual searching: ChEMBL


 Wednesday 12 July 201716:00 17:00 (Europe/London)


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Anna Gaulton

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This is a bonus webinar in our series EMBL-EBI, programmatically: take a REST from manual searches.

Please note that this webinar will be held at the special time of 4pm BST on Wednesday 12th July.

ChEMBL is a database of bioactive drug-like small molecules, it contains 2-D structures, calculated properties (e.g. logP, Molecular Weight, Lipinski Parameters, etc.) and abstracted bioactivities (e.g. binding constants, pharmacology and ADMET data). This webinar will provide an overview of the ChEMBL API and its use, including how to execute API calls from the browser; where to find documentation; how to user filtering and pagination; available output formats; and scripting examples in Python, Bash and R.  We will also give examples of how the API can be used to create reusable web components and integrated into tools such as KNIME and Slack. The webinar will assume a degree of familiarity with the data in ChEMBL. 

This webinar took place on 12th July 2017. You can watch the recording and download the slides in Train online.

Other webinars in the series:

There are several other webinars in this series. They include an introduction to programmatic access and three other resource-based webinars featuring Ensembl, UniProt and PDBe that demonstrate how to perform key biological tasks programmatically. You do not need to watch all of the webinars; you can dip in and out and watch only the webinars you are interested in.

To watch the live webinars you will need to register using the links provided below.

Date Title Register/Watch
9th May EMBL-EBI, programmatically: an introduction  Watch
23rd May Europe PMC, programmatically Watch
6th June Ensembl, programmatically Watch
20th June UniProt, programmatically Watch
4th July PDBe, programmatically Watch
12th July ChEMBL, programmatically Watch
18th July Sequence analysis tools, programmatically Watch
21st November European Variation Archive, programmatically Watch
28th November EBI Search, programmatically Watch
5th December Open Targets, programmatically Watch

 Missed a webinar? Catch up in Train online.


This webinar is for those who want to learn about accessing ChEMBL programmatically. Some prior knowledge of programmatic access and common programming languages is recommended. This webinar focuses on REST-based APIs but information and links to other methods will be provided. If you are new to programmatic access we recommend that you watch the introductory webinar first. The webinar also assumes that you are familiar with the ChEMBL database. If you have not used ChEMBL before please watch our ChEMBL walkthrough: webinar.