Office of Data and Informatics
The ODI supports National needs such as the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) and biological and chemical data integration, as well as the modernization of current NIST reference data services for use in 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. The ODI also facilitates MML's adherence to the government open-data policy by providing guidance and assistance in the best practices for archiving and annotating research and data outputs.
The ODI builds, concentrates, integrates, and coordinates capabilities needed to meet data challenges and leverage data-driven research opportunities (including Big Data and data.gov), particularly those that relate to the biological, chemical, and materials science communities within MML and, as the ODI grows, for all of NIST. A service-oriented organization, the ODI adds value to data activities by providing guidance, assistance and resources for optimizing the discoverability, usability, and interoperability of data products in ways that support NIST scientists and stakeholders. In addition, by fostering collaboration and coordination among MML laboratory domain experts and other data specialists at NIST, the ODI supports MML research programs where advanced manipulation, visualization, and analysis of large data sets are needed to advance knowledge.