RDA/CODATA Materials Data, Infrastructure & Interoperability IG


Group details

IG Established

Status: Recognised & Endorsed

The development of advanced materials inherently rests on access to a distributed materials infrastructure and materials research data to fuel discovery and innovation.  RDA aims to accelerate and facilitate research data sharing and exchange. Similarly, CODATA works to strengthen international science for the benefit of society by promoting improved scientific and technical data management and use.  Given these complementary missions, this RDA IG and the CODATA TG will work together under the following statement in support of the exchange of material data.  

The success of the scientific endeavor rests on the foundation of free and open exchange of ideas and supporting data.   We believe this kind of exchange with computational and experimental materials data through shared online repositories, standardized formats and terminologies and open programming interfaces is essential to accelerating the discovery, design, and development of advanced materials.  Making this data widely and freely available, as a "public good", creates increased opportunities for conducting fundamental research while facilitating potential commercial development activity of data-based services, tools, and applications.  It therefore follows that it is in the scientific and economic interest of all countries to operate under this framework of free and open data exchange to the greatest extent possible, in such cases where it does not infringe on intellectual property  or national security.


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Recent Activity

18 Dec 2019

I-ESA: Smarter Interoperability with Federation and Artificial Intelligence (SIFAI) workshop

Dear colleagues, 

I'm  supporting Prof. Marten van Sinderen (U.Twente) to organize this workshop in I-ESA, a relevant conference in interoperability research. 

Submissions from the group are welcome.

Apologies for cross-posting.

Best regards,



28 Nov 2019

Deadline For P15 Group Session Submissions Extended To 5 December 2019

Dear RDA members, 


RDA's 15th Plenary meeting, Melbourne, Australia, 18-20 March 2020 


The deadline to submit session proposals for Plenary 15 in Melbourne, Australia has been extended to 5 December 2019, midnight UTC.

24 Oct 2019

Registry-related GitHub links

Hi folks,
There was a question that came up in our session asking for the links to the GitHub repositories related to the registry work. There are two:
* The registry software:
* Metadata schema:
(the current schema deployed in the current registry is found in the nov17 branch)

23 Oct 2019

Re: [rda-matdatainfrainterop-ig][imrr-wg] RE: [imrr-wg][rda-matdatainfrainterop-ig] International Materials Resource Registries WG: Draft Final Report

Hi Gerhard,
We can certainly add a reference to this document. As the document describes and you correctly allude to, the metadata schema used by the MRR was designed with the expectation that there could indeed be multiple overlapping vocabularies that could be expressed in a record, so it helps to point to another real-world and relevant example.
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