FAIR data enabling new horizons for materials research

Nature 604 (2022)

Scheffler, Aeschlimann, Albrecht, Bereau, Bungartz, Felser, Greiner, Groß-Klußmann, Koch, Kremer, Nagel, Scheidgen, Wöll, Draxl




The prosperity and lifestyle of our society are very much governed by achievements in condensed matter physics, chemistry and materials science, because new products for sectors such as energy, the environment, health, mobility and information technology (IT) rely largely on improved or even new materials. Examples include solid-state lighting, touchscreens, batteries, implants, drug delivery and many more. The enormous amount of research data produced every day in these fields represents a gold mine of the twenty-first century. This gold mine is, however, of little value if these data are not comprehensively characterized and made available. How can we refine this feedstock; that is, turn data into knowledge and value? For this, a FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable) data infrastructure is a must. Only then can data be readily shared and explored using data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) methods. Making data ‘findable and AI ready’ (a forward-looking interpretation of the acronym) will change the way in which science is carried out today. In this Perspective, we discuss how we can prepare to make this happen for the field of materials science.

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A findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR) data infrastructure is discussed to turn the large amount of research data generated by the field of materials science into knowledge and value.

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    doi = {10.1038/s41586-022-04501-x},
    url = {https://doi.org/10.1038%2Fs41586-022-04501-x},
    year = 2022,
    month = {apr},
    publisher = {Springer Science and Business Media {LLC}},
    volume = {604},
    number = {7907},
    pages = {635--642},
    author = {Matthias Scheffler and Martin Aeschlimann and Martin Albrecht and Tristan Bereau and Hans-Joachim Bungartz and Claudia Felser and Mark Greiner and Axel Gro{\ss} and Christoph T. Koch and Kurt Kremer and Wolfgang E. Nagel and Markus Scheidgen and Christof Wöll and Claudia Draxl},
    title = {{FAIR} data enabling new horizons for materials research},
    journal = {Nature}
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