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Preliminary Results of “Big Data” Survey Released

Posted on: 08/02/2013
TMS and the Materials Research Society (MRS) have released the preliminary results of the “big data” survey project that the two organizations jointly conducted in May. The goal of the effort was to gain insights into the materials science and engineering community’s views on the subjects of open research and big data.

More than 650 materials experts participated in the survey, with 64% of respondents based in North America, 17% from Europe, and 13% from Asia. The survey was developed by a select group of TMS and MRS volunteers.

In addition to catalyzing community dialogue, planning, and activities, the final survey results will be provided to the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy in support of the U.S. Materials Genome Initiative.

Access preliminary highlights of the survey at the link in the "For More Information" section at the end of this article. Additional analysis of the data obtained in this survey will be provided at a later date, including a detailed discussion of some of the comments and answers to open-ended questions.

TMS and MRS thank the members of the committee that worked on this project, as well as all of the individuals who responded to the survey.

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