Building a common ground for a FAIR microstructure repository

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26 Jan 2021

Building a common ground for a FAIR microstructure repository

Submitted by Eva Campo

Meeting objectives: 

Human history keeps close parallelism with metallurgy development. Through the Stone to Copper, Bronze, and Iron Ages increasingly sophisticated tools and constructs were manufactured that ultimately accomplished civilization as we know it today. Indeed, technologies developed in late XIX and XX centuries enabled the production of steel which would ultimately dictate the fortunes of whole countries such as the United States for years to come. In the XXI century, demands on metals require fine tuning of their properties. To date, fine tuning imposes considerable delays and costs to adjacent industries, such as semiconductors, photonics, construction, and fuselage amongst others, creating global unrest. 
At a scientific level, fine tuning is ultimately depending on how metals, ceramics, and semiconductors behave during fabrication and subsequent treatments. This is what experts in the field call the nucleation, growth, and processing trinity or microstructure. 
Today, the availability of data harvesting from a multiplicity of sources is inspiring the possibility of manufacturing specific microstructures by design. To this end, data aggregation is needed along with ontologies.
However, barriers exist on both fronts. Artisans of Samurai swords in Seki or Spanish swords in Toledo were not in the habit of technology sharing and this tradition has been propagated to this very day. At best, surviving attempts to repository building worldwide are intranational, raising concerns on future interoperability. Progress on these fronts will likely promote a whole new era in future civilization.

Meeting objectives * 
1.    Introduce microstructure repository existing efforts worldwide
2.    Identify commonalities/gaps 
3.    Identify data expertise needed 
4.    Gauge interest in forming a working group at RDA


Meeting agenda: 

Collaborative notes:


  1. Welcome and meeting objectives (Campo) 5 mins
  2. Round Table I: Description of existing efforts worldwide (Eberl, Trautt, and Tanifuji). Panelists will report on efforts that have been identified and discussed prior to the meeting. 15 mins
  3. Identification of gaps (Eberl, Arróyave, and Rickman). Panelists will report on gaps that have been identified prior to the meeting. 15 mins
  4. Resource assessment (Arróyave, Greenbert, and Hanisch). Panelists will report on current resources that have been identified prior to the meeting. 15 mins
  5. International engagement (Campos). Speaker will describe the likelihood of "dark data" discoverability. 10 mins
  6. Open mic to audience ( Campo moderates)15 mins
  7. Closing: provide a channel to ratify engagement and future communications towards a working group. (Campo) 5 mins

Insert Break: 10 mins


Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
Short introduction describing any previous activities: 

The group is just being started. A number of repositories are being developed worldwide without communication between groups. This group aims at solving this situation while identifying resources, minimizing duplicity, and agreeing in standards towards interoperability.

BoF chair serving as contact person: 
Meeting presenters: 
Christoph Eberl, Zachary Trautt, Mikiko Tanijufi, Jane Greenberg, Raymond Arroyave, Carlos Campos, Surya Kalidindi
Avoid conflict with the following group (1): 
Avoid conflict with the following group (2): 
Contact for group (email):