Shaping scientific knowledge into a data platform
BAM (Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing) participates in a new joint project "Innovation Platform MaterialDigitial" to make materials data more reliable while providing better and faster accessibility: Shaping scientific knowledge into a data platform.
How should scientific process creation and product development evolve in the future? How will we provide new insights to colleagues, who might work on the other side of the planet? Funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the joint project "Innovation Platform MaterialDigitial" has been established with the goal of paving the way towards a digital infrastructure for material science research data. The objective is to create a virtual material data space that helps with explicitly systematizing material data handling.
It’s already the case today that digitalization provides a new playing field for virtually every scientific discipline, promising to make acquired information freely accessible to everyone and thereby strongly accelerating the gain of knowledge. Appropriate data spaces are not only able to thoroughly organize knowledge and thus query it more efficiently, but also allow for the addition of input to the data space through modern statistical methods, thereby generating new insights.
Funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the Innovation Platform MaterialDigital will pioneer in the digital standardization of materials data and materials information. Within the joint project between the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM), the Fraunhofer Institute für Mechanics of Materials IWM, the Helmholtz-Association (represented by the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology KIT), the Leibniz Institute for Materials Engineering - IWT, and the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung the partners will develop initial approaches for the necessary complex data management. To this end, contributions from all sectors working with materials data, such as companies, non-university research institutes and universities will all be included.
To create a data platform, a number of questions must be addressed: for example, a shared infrastructure does not only rely on IT and server management, standardization and universal expressions and ontologies but also on defining the rights of authors, data sovereignty and data protection. With the go ahead on 1st of July, 2019 the project partners intend to specify the above-mentioned and other challenges and develop initial approaches for these. Close ties to the materials science community act as a guarantee that these solutions are helpful in meeting practical requirements – and ensuring their subsequent application by the target groups. Because a transformation as fundamental as digitalization is only manageable by the material science community as a whole.