Data Representation in Chemistry and Materials WG - kick-off meeting

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13 Sep 2023 UTC

Data Representation in Chemistry and Materials WG - kick-off meeting

13 Sep 2023 - 11:00 to 12:30 UTC


This session will act as a kick-off meeting for the ‘Data representation in chemistry and materials based on harmonised, FAIR terminologies and ontologies’ Working Group (WG). The proposed WG, which is in its early planning stages and availing of support from the RDA TIGER project, will provide an overview of terminology, taxonomy and ontology development approaches in chemicals and materials, review best practice, and come up with recommendations for materials terminology and harmonised ontology development. The WG will focus on increasing uptake of the FAIR Principles in chemicals and materials research (in particular in connection with Interoperability and Reusability), supported by improved, more widely-shared metadata and ontologies.


The overall aims of the WG include:  

  • Ensuring that chemistry and materials (meta)data use vocabularies that follow the FAIR principles  

  • Harmonisation and implementation of efforts  

  • Accessible ontologies. 

We invite all those with an interest in the above areas to join this session. In advance of the session, participants are also invited to review and to contribute to the WG’s draft Case Statement - defining the group’s charter, value proposition, and engagement with other initiatives in the area. Please also add your name/details to the table at the bottom of the document if you wish to join the Working Group.


Dr Gerhard Goldbeck

Dr Gerhard Goldbeck is an experienced materials modelling software professional. He received his Diplom in Physics from RWTH Aachen University in 1986 and a PhD in Polymer Physics from Bristol University in 1992. His career so far encompassed academic research at Forschungszentrum Jülich (Dendritic Growth), H.H. Wills Physics Laboratory and Cambridge University Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, and software development, product management and marketing in industry (Molecular Simulations, Accelrys/Biovia). In 2011 he formed Goldbeck Consulting Ltd, a company that aims to bridge gaps in the materials modelling value chain from science to engineering and academia to industry. He is a member of the European Materials Modelling Council and leads the Work Package on Interoperability and Metadata.