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NOMAD leads development of FAIR data concept for Big-Data-driven materials science

While many fields struggle with Open Science, the computational materials science community has already embraced the concept. The NOMAD Repository and Archive currently hold more than 50 million open-access calculations!

Claudia Draxl and Matthias Scheffler were invited to write an article about NOMAD and their view about data-driven materials science for the MRS Bulletin, a journal of the US Materials Research Society. The article “NOMAD: The FAIR Concept for Big-Data-Driven Materials Science” elaborates on the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable) that have been developed independently and parallel to NOMAD. They also explain the four paradigms of materials science and engineering (Figure 1). The article will appear later this year, but a pre-print is available now at:

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The latest NOMAD publication is Imeall: A computational framework for the calculation of the atomistic properties of grain boundaries (H. Lambert, A. Fekete, J.R. Kermode, and A. De Vita, Computer Physics Communications (2018), In Press). Resources described in this paper are fully open-access and available online, and can be extended by any user. Links to access the code repository and database are given in the open access paper.

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