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Workshop Summary: Materials Genome Initiative: Materials Data



James A. Warren


A key objective for the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) is access to digital materials data. Access may be for an individual, a team, company, or an entire community of interest. There are several challenges to providing access to digital materials data for which there are presently no universally accepted best practices. Under the MGI, Federal agencies have funded research and development designed to explore, develop and apply MGI methodologies. Several of these efforts either focus on an infrastructure for sharing data, or data sharing is a key requirement of the overall technical effort. One objective of starting several MGI-focused programs concurrently was that the approaches, lessons learned and best practices would be shared between programs in order to accelerate the overall development of a materials innovation infrastructure (MII). This workshop assembled representatives from Federally-funded efforts where a critical component of the overall research effort involves sharing of materials data in digital format. The intent of this workshop was for the participants to provide insights into the goals of their effort, details of their approach to sharing digital materials data, challenges they face, and lessons learned. The goal being that such an exchange of ideas will not only enhance the likelihood for success of the individual efforts, but will also speed the community’s understanding of how best to proceed in developing an MII. During the workshop, participants were asked to identify the top three next steps needed to be taken within the materials community and by government agencies in addressing the challenges associated with digital materials data. The following is a list of priorities for each sector derived from those inputs.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 8038
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Materials Data, Materials Genome Initiative


Warren, J. (2015), Workshop Summary: Materials Genome Initiative: Materials Data, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 13, 2024)


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Created January 22, 2015, Updated November 10, 2018