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OntoCommons: ontology-driven data documentation across materials and manufacturing domains

The OntoCommons project, an H2020 Coordination and Support Action, launched in November 2020 with three online kickoff sessions, during which more than 60 delegates from 19 partner organisations as well as Advisory Board Members discussed its objectives and actions.

OntoCommons aims to create harmonised and ontology-driven data documentation for Industry Commons, overcoming interoperability bottlenecks and facilitating data sharing and valorisation.

Over its thirty-six-month duration, the project will bring together and coordinate data documentation and standardisation activities from the most relevant EU and international stakeholders and initiatives.

OntoCommons provides a reliable turnkey solution for industrial stakeholders to confidently use ontologies in their businesses and to share their data. In addition, OntoCommons will prove the long-awaited key role of ontology in ensuring data interoperability and will promote data-driven innovation by boosting trust in the semantics of the shared industrial data.”   Hedi Karray – OntoCommons Technical Coordinator

Materials Modelling Software Market

We have published a new market research report on materials modelling software. The report provides a focus on the study of materials in any field by any type of physics-based model. It furthermore delineates materials modelling from the wider Computer-Aided Engineering and Cheminformatics markets that have been the subject of numerous studies. Based on data gathered about 72 software companies and codes we arrive at a market size of €339.5m, with roughly 75%/25% share due to continuum and discrete (electronic/atomistic/mesoscopic) modelling, respectively. The discrete modelling market is served by a wider range of providers in terms of size with nearly half of the market still captured by SMEs while 89% of the continuum modelling market is served by large enterprises due to the very large size and wide use of their continuum modelling packages. We also note that despite some M&A activity in recent years, the discrete and continuum markets are still largely served by distinct players rather than integrated providers. Tentative figures for market dynamics indicate a long term growth in the discrete modelling market of about 5% in contrast to a roughly 10% pa growth in continuum modelling. We conclude by arguing that there are likely to be substantial changes ahead due to further integration of materials into CAE combined with a strong growth in data-based, machine-learning methods for materials.

The work has been supported by EU H2020 projects EMMC-CSA GA n. 723867 and MarketPlace GA n. 76017

European Materials & Modelling Ontology: EMMO 1.0.0-alpha release

EMMO authors are pleased to announce the first pre-release of the European Materials & Modelling Ontology (EMMO). It marks a major milestone in the development of a new standard representational framework (the ontology) for applied sciences.

The release consists of

  • EMMO Top Level ontology, which includes the fundamental axioms that constitute the philosophical foundation of the EMMO.
  • EMMO Middle Level ontology, which includes a set of perspectives to be used for the development of more specialised domain ontologies.

The Middle level is also where cross-domain ontologies are included. In the EMMO 1.0.0-alpha release there is a metrology branch including the International System of Quantities and SI system, laying the foundation for a semiotic-based property system in EMMO.

Next alpha releases will include the following Middle Level developments:

  • Chemical composition
  • Extension of the physical quantities set
  • Position-based symbolic structures (e.g. list, array)

Also, a test suite for checking sub-modules against the EMMO convention is planned.

The release and further information can be accessed via the EMMO Github repository https://github.com/emmo-repo