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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 2014. Big Data in Materials Research and Development: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18760.
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Big Data in
Materials Research
and Development

SUMMARY OF A WORKSHOP

Maureen Mellody, Rapporteur

Defense Materials Manufacturing and Infrastructure Standing Committee

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS

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Cover image: Big Data is partially driven by today’s ever increasing ability to electronically generate and store data. Big Data is also requiring ever increasing computational power to fully mine and understand the data. Thus, beside Big Data itself, at the core of this topic is today’s materials research and development enabling the bootstrapping of the complex electronic materials needed for the computations. Artist: Erik Svedberg. Image created electronically and algorithmically.

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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 2014. Big Data in Materials Research and Development: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18760.
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PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR WORKSHOP ON BIG DATA IN MATERIALS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

MICHAEL F. McGRATH, Analytic Services, Inc., Chair

VALERIE BROWNING, ValTech Solutions, LLC

JESUS M. DE LA GARZA, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

ROSARIO GERHARDT, Georgia Institute of Technology

PAUL KERN, U.S. Army (retired)

ROBERT H. LATIFF, R. Latiff Associates

E. WARD PLUMMER, Louisiana State University

ROBERT E. SCHAFRIK, GE Aviation

DENISE F. SWINK, Independent Consultant

HAYDN N.G. WADLEY, University of Virginia

Staff

JAMES LANCASTER, Acting Director

ERIK B. SVEDBERG, Senior Program Officer

MAUREEN MELLODY, Rapporteur

JOSEPH PALMER, Senior Project Assistant

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 2014. Big Data in Materials Research and Development: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18760.
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DEFENSE MATERIALS MANUFACTURING AND INFRASTRUCTURE STANDING COMMITTEE

MICHAEL F. McGRATH, Analytic Services, Inc., Chair

VALERIE BROWNING, ValTech Solutions, LLC

JESUS M. DE LA GARZA, Virginia Tech

ROSARIO GERHARDT, Georgia Institute of Technology

PAUL KERN, U.S. Army (retired)

ROBERT H. LATIFF, R. Latiff Associates

E. WARD PLUMMER, Louisiana State University

ROBERT E. SCHAFRIK, GE Aviation

DENISE F. SWINK, Independent Consultant

HAYDN N.G. WADLEY, University of Virginia

Staff

JAMES LANCASTER, Acting Director

ERIK B. SVEDBERG, Senior Program Officer

HEATHER LOZOWSKI, Financial Associate

JOSEPH PALMER, Senior Project Assistant

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Acknowledgment of Reviewers

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report:

David Aspnes (NAS), North Carolina State University,

Valerie Browning, ValTech Solutions, LLC,

Jesus de la Garza, Virginia Tech, and

Sylvia Johnson, NASA Ames Research Center.

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the views presented at the workshop, nor did they see the final draft of the workshop summary before its release. The review of this workshop summary was overseen by David W. Johnson, Journal of the American Ceramic Society. Appointed by the NRC, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this workshop summary was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this summary rests entirely with the author and the institution.

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Big Data in Materials Research and Development is the summary of a workshop convened by the National Research Council Standing Committee on Defense Materials Manufacturing and Infrastructure in February 2014 to discuss the impact of big data on materials and manufacturing. The materials science community would benefit from appropriate access to data and metadata for materials development, processing, application development, and application life cycles. Currently, that access does not appear to be sufficiently widespread, and many workshop participants captured the constraints and identified potential improvements to enable broader access to materials and manufacturing data and metadata. This report discusses issues in defense materials, manufacturing and infrastructure, including data ownership and access; collaboration and exploitation of big data's capabilities; and maintenance of data.

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