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  • Larry Berardinis
    Larry Berardinis Technical Projects Manager at ASM International, Computational Materials Data Network

    What’s in store when the MGI turns four?

    In June, the Materials Genome Initiative will mark its fourth anniversary. As on past anniversaries, the MGI community will look back on the successes of the prior year and forward to new goals, activities, and plans. One activity I hope we see soon, whether or not it’s announced this June, is a gathering of “lead users.” These are the people who will ultimately build the innovation infrastructure, one of the most critical needs of the entire initiative.

    The concept of lead users was developed by Eric von Hippel, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management who specializes in the nature and economics of distributed and open innovation. von Hippel noted that lead users face needs in the marketplace months or years before others and are positioned to benefit greatly if they develop the solution. Such people may be reading this right now. If you’re one of them, the MGI, and ASM in particular, can use your help.

    ASM is looking for someone to lead its Computational Materials Data Network. There’s a complete description of the position in the jobs section on this LinkedIn forum. The ideal candidate is someone von Hippel would describe as a lead user, specifically in the area of integrated computational materials engineering. Probably someone a little frustrated by the lack of data sharing tools, protocols, standards, and best practices. I think von Hippel might even say that the ideal candidate would be someone like his father, MIT professor Arthur Robert von Hippel. A materials scientist and physicist, the elder von Hippel was a pioneer in the study of dielectrics, ferromagnetic and ferroelectric materials, and semiconductors. He was also a strong proponent of interdisciplinary research and just the sort of person the MGI needs and ASM is currently seeking.

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    • Larry Berardinis
      Larry Berardinis Technical Projects Manager at ASM International, Computational Materials Data Network

      Professional Societies Convene to Discuss Materials Data Infrastructure Needs

      More than a dozen professional societies were represented at a recent workshop to discuss how organizations such as theirs can help in the development of the nation’s materials data infrastructure. Hosted by the Computational Materials Data Network in coordination with the Subcommittee for the Materials Genome Initiative, the path-finding session identified several ways in which professional societies can be instrumental in building an infrastructure that’s both robust and sustainable.

      A full report summarizing the findings of the workshop is expected to be released within the next few weeks. In the meantime, all workshop resources including discussion documents and background materials are available on the CMD Network website or by clicking on the link below:

      http://www.asminternational.org/web/cmdnetwork/workshop

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      • Larry Berardinis
        Larry Berardinis Technical Projects Manager at ASM International, Computational Materials Data Network

        Materials Research Data Management Pilot Project – A Model Repository for the MGI Community

        A collaborative effort among materials researchers and database experts demonstrates how research data can be captured and shared in an open repository. On July 17, the project team will discuss what they set out to accomplish in creating a pilot database and what they learned along the way. Learn more about the free webinar here: http://www.asminternational.org/web/cmdnetwork/events/webinar.

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        • David Howe
          David Howe Project Manager, Strategist, Technical Writer, Scientist

          Data Citation Index

          One of the ongoing thrusts of the MGI conversation is the need for individual researchers to increase their data sharing activities. With greater data sharing, there is also a need for a robust citation system for proper attribution. Ideally, citations should be track-able so that credit can be given where due.

          Thomson Reuters has explored such a data citation index (http://wokinfo.com/products_tools/multidisciplinary/dci/). Is this the right approach? What would an ideal system for data citation look like? How would it work?

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          • Tony Fast
            Tony Fast Software Developer at Continuum Analytics, Inc.

            2014 Materials Genome Initiative Strategic Plan Open for Public Comment https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/06/20/2014-14392/materials-genome-initiative-strategic-plan

            The Federal Register has the 2014 MGI Strategic Plan available for comment (https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/06/20/2014-14392/materials-genome-initiative-strategic-plan). The White Paper is available here (http://www.nist.gov/mgi/upload/MGI-StrategicPlan-2014.pdf).

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