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Workshop Report: Building the Materials Innovation Infrastructure: Data and Standards A Materials Genome Initiative Workshop



James A. Warren, Ronald F. Boisvert


The Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) is a multi-agency, multi-stakeholder effort to develop the infrastructure needed to enable the materials science community to discover, develop, manufacture, and deploy advanced materials at least twice as fast as possible today, at a fraction of the cost. This new Materials Innovation Infrastructure (MII) will leverage advances in materials modeling, computing, and communications to accelerate advanced materials discovery and deployment in the United States across many fields. More widespread implementation of advanced materials will contribute to new products with enhanced functionality, and potentially enhance U.S. global competitiveness. Major advances in theory and modeling have led to a remarkable opportunity for the use of computational simulation in predicting the behavior of material systems. However, such computational tools are not in widespread use today due to limitations in their capabilities, a lack of expertise needed to employ them, and a general lack of confidence in accepting conclusions that are not empirically based. Similarly, advances in networked communications have led to remarkable opportunities for the sharing of technical information, such as materials property data. This too has had limited use due to the lack of suitable data repositories, standards, and incentives for sharing. A recent report emphasizes the growing importance of manipulating, mining, managing, analyzing, and sharing scientific data. The issues outlined in this report are highly relevant to the MII, which will coordinate large amounts of diverse scientific information related to materials.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7898
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Materials Genome Initiative


Warren, J. and Boisvert, R. (2012), Workshop Report: Building the Materials Innovation Infrastructure: Data and Standards A Materials Genome Initiative Workshop, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 23, 2024)


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Created November 23, 2012, Updated November 10, 2018