International Materials Resource Registries WG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison:
TAB Liaison: 
Sarah Ramdeen
Case Statement: 
WGs Wrapping up (from ~12 months after RDA endorsement)

Status and Current Activities

  • This WG's term has finished; a summary of our output was presented at P11 (Berlin)
  • We are finalizing the final Working Group Report, and we are requesting comments from the WG in advance of submission to the secretariat.

About this Working Group

As a domain, Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is exceptionally broad and interdisciplinary with its origins most directly from metallurgy, ceramics and polymer science, but also with important ties to other disciplines such as physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, geology, electronics, optics, and biology. As a global community, MSE is expanding rapidly worldwide through the establishment of large, multi-institutional academic research centers, government labs, industrial consortia, and computing facilities. MSE researchers often need to answer complex questions such as “What structural properties and processing methods are required to develop new lightweight materials that significantly improve fuel efficiency yet meet safety standards satisfied by traditional materials in use today?” To this end we have seen the creation of programs such as the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) in the US that aim to decrease the cost and time to develop new materials by a factor of two through more effective discovery, access, and interoperability of experimental and simulation data. However, finding the latest materials data and resources to answer such questions amidst this rich diversity and accelerated growth is an increasingly difficult and time-consuming endeavor.


In response, the RDA/CODATA Materials Data, Infrastructure, and Interoperability Interest Group (MDII IG; co-chairs James Warren, NIST, and Laura Bartolo, Northwestern University) in collaboration with materials science professional societies, proposes to create its first Working Group focused on developing the metadata standards required to establish a network of

International Materials Resource Registries (IMRR) in key sub-domains and regions.


Developing a successful international materials science resource registry requires a combination of technical and political process. As an outgrowth to discussions held in MDII IG working sessions and based on knowledge of the materials community, MDII IG proposes core members for its Working Group. The core members would be comprised of “doers” in the materials and cognate communities to identify those in their organizations who need to be involved.  More details are available in the draft Case Statement.


Link to the TAB Review

Recent Activity

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.

12 Nov 2019

Deadline for P15 Group Session Submissions Fast Approaching

Dear Group Members, 

The deadline for group session submissions for Plenary 15 is 28 November 2019, midnight UTC – just two weeks away.

If your group is interested in submitting a session for a working group, interest group or joint meeting session, submissions will only be accepted from your group chairs, so be sure to coordinate with them to ensure proper communication of the submission.   

If you are a chair and submitting for a joint meeting session, all chairs involved in that joint session must be notified of the submission. 

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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23 Oct 2019

Materials Data Joint Meeting: Thursday 24th October 2019 Breakout 4  09:00 - 10:30 Undergraduate Center - U149 U6 (Konecranes)

General Agenda:

Brief Introduction: James Warren, National Institute of Standards & Technology •5 minutes

Panel Discussion on Diverse RDA Outputs, FAIR Data, & materials data lifecycle •45 minutes

Zach Trautt, NIST; Asahiko Matsuda, NIMS; Emanuele Ghedini, UNIBO                               

•General Discussion: 20 minutes

International Materials Resource Registries WG

•Ray Plante, NIST : 10 minutes