Big and Open Data for Materials Research

Symposium X, Session X4
Thursday, December 5
12:15-1:15 p.m.
Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Grand Ballroom

Moderator: Tia Benson Tolle, The Boeing Company

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Big Data and Open Data are topics of increasing interest and discussion in the materials community. Advances in computational modeling are introducing a paradigm shift in how research is conducted and how data is analyzed and shared. Broad access to data holds the promise for advancing the speed to new discoveries. However, it also raises questions relating to quality, validation, reproducibility and intellectual property.

Building from a series of features in MRS Bulletin and Materials360® Online, this session sought to expand the community dialogue on Big and Open Data for Materials Research through a panel of experts with diverse perspectives:

  • Rick Barton, Lockheed Martin
  • Nicola Marzari, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Jim Pinkleman, Microsoft Research
  • Mary Galvin, National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research
  • J. Michael Simonson, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

MRS Bulletin Features

Big and Open Data are not closed topics
Lori A. Wilson
| November 2013

The materials research community studies magnitude of "Big Data"
Orlando Auciello
| October 2013 

Survey on Big Data gathers input from materials community
Lori A. Wilson
| September 2013

Big data are shaping the future of materials science
Ashley A. White
| July 2013 

Materials360 Online Features

How to Share Scientific Data  
John Markoff | August 13, 2013 | The New York Times

Preliminary Results of the MRS-TMS Big Data Survey  
Materials Research Society and TMS | June 25, 2013

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