Materials science with large-scale data and informatics: Unlocking new opportunities

Joanne Hill, Gregory Mulholland, Kristin Persson, Ram Seshadri, Chris Wolverton, Bryce Meredig

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Universal access to abundant scientific data, and the software to analyze the data at scale, could fundamentally transform the field of materials science. Today, the materials community faces serious challenges to bringing about this data-accelerated research paradigm, including diversity of research areas within materials, lack of data standards, and missing incentives for sharing, among others. Nonetheless, the landscape is rapidly changing in ways that should benefit the entire materials research enterprise. We provide an overview of the current state of the materials data and informatics landscape, highlighting a few selected efforts that make more data freely available and useful to materials researchers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-409
Number of pages11
JournalMRS Bulletin
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2016


  • analytics
  • informatics
  • materials data
  • software

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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