Building a Materials Data Infrastructure: 

Opening New Pathways to Discovery and Innovation in Science and Engineering

The availability of increasingly sophisticated experimental and computational tools provides scientists and engineers with new opportunities, but harnessing the vast amounts of data generated from these new approaches presents a challenge. Building a Materials Data Infrastructure identifies and prioritizes these challenges, while also providing actionable recommendations for addressing them.

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Study Features

  • Detailed recommendations on overcoming critical barriers, such as effectively storing and maintaining data, maximizing the value of data by enabling its reuse, and creating incentives that encourage data sharing.
  • A visual definition of the materials data infrastructure that can be used to support educational, policy development, and planning efforts.
  • A review of 17 prior workshops and events that have been conducted and reported on that relate to the development of a materials data infrastructure.
  • Guidance on how individuals, groups, and organizations can proactively address the global trend towards open sharing of research products.
  • Valuable insights provided by a team of recognized experts on materials and data infrastructure topics.

This study was conducted by TMS on behalf of the U.S. National Science Foundation.

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  • Suggested Citation:  The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), Building a Materials Data Infrastructure: Opening New Pathways to Discovery and Innovation in Science and Engineering (Pittsburgh, PA: TMS, 2017). Electronic copies available at

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Charles Ward, Study Team Lead
Lead for ICME, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory
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L. Cate Brinson
Jerome B. Cohen Professor of Engineering
Northwestern University
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Giulia Galli
Liew Family Professor of Electronic Structure and Simulations, Institute for Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago, and Senior Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory
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Surya R. Kalidindi
Professor, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, and Lead MGI/ICME Strategist, Institute for Materials
Georgia Institute of Technology
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Apurva Mehta
Staff Scientist
Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource
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Bryce Meredig
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Citrine Informatics
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Jonathan Petters
Data Management Consultant
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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Brian Puchala
Assistant Research Scientist
PRedictive Integrated Structural Materials Science Center, University of Michigan
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Zachary Trautt
Material Research Engineer
Materials Measurement Science Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology
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Vasisht Venkatesh
Materials Modeling Group Lead
Pratt & Whitney, Materials & Process Engineering
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