The Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) will create a new era of materials innovation that will serve as a foundation for strengthening domestic materials-related industries. The goal of MGI is to accelerate the United States' ability to discover, develop, manufacture, and deploy advanced materials by a factor of two, at a fraction of the cost.
Sophisticated software tools and widely available high-performance computing continue to be a source of technological advancement. For materials, this has meant a dramatic improvement in modeling capabilities, supporting the notion of "materials by design."
This impressive computationally-fueled growth has brought into focus the need for better data-related tools. Enormous quantities of scientific data are being continuously produced, stretching the limits of historically adequate modes of communication and collaboration. The traditional printed article is no longer adequate for the dissemination of scientific information as it is an insufficient medium for transmission of the results of the many interrelated computational studies that are required for a just single study in the "materials by design" paradigm.
Essential to the success of MGI is the development of a data infrastructure that will provide the needed data and tools to support this effort. The diversity of materials data requires that this data infrastructure be built to accommodate a variety of user needs and data types.
To develop the need data infrastructure and informatics tools, we are currently focusing on three areas: data curation, ontology development, and semantic infrastructure.
Future versions will include support for scientific images and graphics and integration with registry systems.