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NIST and NIMS Sign a Letter of Intent of Understanding on Research Exchange

—Collaboration Will Promote Materials Development Globally by Facilitating Efficient Data Utilization—

Research and Services Division of Materials Data and Integrated System (MaDIS), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan

The Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Research and Services Division of Materials Data and Integrated System (MaDIS) of the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) signed a letter of intent to promote research exchange between the two organizations on February 1, 2018.

Abstract

The Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (James A. Warren, Director, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA) and the Research and Services Division of Materials Data and Integrated System (MaDIS) of the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) (Yuko Nagano, Director, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan) signed a letter of intent to promote research exchange between the two organizations on February 1, 2018.

Materials informatics (MI)—a fusion of materials science and data science—is a technique enabling efficient development of novel materials. Following groundbreaking work in this field by Japan and the United States, major MI projects are now being conducted around the world, including in mainland Asia and Europe. NIST and NIMS—two organizations which have played central roles in MI research in the US and Japan, respectively—will work together on data utilization and development of the necessary technologies to expedite materials development efforts.

Specifically, the two organizations will collaborate on R&D related to advanced techniques for extracting data on materials using machine learning, develop data repository technologies to facilitate data collection, management and publication, and develop data platform technologies which will allow researchers to securely aggregate and store data.

Through these broad collaborative efforts, the two organizations aim to establish de facto standards for data utilization policies and data management and promote open science by encouraging scientists in Japan and overseas to join the repository community.


"MGI Director James A. Warren of NIST (left) and MaDIS Director Yuko Nagano (right) shake hands after signing the Letter of Intent." Image

MGI Director James A. Warren of NIST (left) and MaDIS Director Yuko Nagano (right) shake hands after signing the Letter of Intent.



About the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and its Material Measurement Laboratory (MML)

NIST has been playing a leading role in the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) program in the US. NIST’s goal in this program is to develop materials data and model exchange protocols and means of ensuring the quality of materials data and models. Through these activities, NIST ultimately hopes to develop novel techniques and methodologies necessary to accelerate materials development, establish technologies to accomplish these goals and integrate all project outcomes. MML is assuming responsibility for all MGI projects at NIST.

About the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and its Research and Services Division of Materials Data and Integrated System (MaDIS)

As a designated national research and development institute, the mission of NIMS is to innovate in the materials field—one of Japan’s strengths. Since its founding on April 1, 2017, MaDIS has been fulfilling this mission by developing a materials data platform and data processing techniques necessary to expedite materials development using a world-class materials database managed by NIMS


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