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Vol. 25 No. 2
March-April 2003

The Project Place | Information about new, current, and complete IUPAC projects and related initiatives
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The Revision of the IUPAC Compendium of Chemical Terminology (The "Gold Book")

This valuable collection of definitions draws upon the recommendations already published in Pure and Applied Chemistry, the IUPAC "Color Books," the nomenclature and terminology documents issued by IUPAC commissions, and, to a small extent, ISO and other sources. The first edition, published in 1987, was the brainchild of Victor Gold, and the second edition, compiled by Alan McNaught and Andrew Wilkinson, published in 1997, mostly contained definitions issued up to the end of 1995. The first and second editions were published in hard-back form and the second edition became available on the Web, and that is now considered to be the best form of publication.

Approval has now been given for a further revision of the text to bring it right up to date on the Web. The Task Group Chairman is Prof. Aubrey Jenkins, who has assembled a group of associates representing the entire spectrum of IUPAC interests. All the relevant material that has been recommended since the publication of the second edition will be scrutinized and considered for inclusion. Once this task has been completed, it should be a simple matter to add new terms continually to the collection year by year, month by month, or even week by week.

For more information, contact the Task Group Chairman Aubrey D. Jenkins <adjjj@jjadj.u-net.com>.

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