The ODI provides leadership and expertise to meet modern data challenges and leverage data-driven research opportunities for the Materials Measurement Laboratory and NIST scientific research data infrastructure. As a service-oriented organization, the ODI contributes scientific value to research by providing guidance in best practices and resources which optimize the discoverability, usability, and interoperability of data products in ways that support NIST scientists and stakeholders. ODI fosters collaboration and coordination among MML laboratory domain experts and other data specialists at NIST. In addition, the ODI supports development of research programs where advanced manipulation, visualization, and analysis of large data sets are needed to advance knowledge.
The ODI supports National programs such as the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI), and is internationally engaged with partner institutions and organizations in emerging data science strategic areas such as Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. ODI manages the technical program for the NIST reference data services, facilitating use and modernization toward state-of-the-art computer paradigms (i.e., virtual computing, parallel analysis, interoperability, semantic web, etc.) and the development of next generation NIST reference data services.