Looking forward to the EMMC 2021 workshop on 2-4 March, for anyone interested in the software and business aspects there is an intriguing session on Industrial Requirements to Materials Modelling Software with a talk by Kurt Stobro (Stokbro Invest) on Business opportunities for materials science software. The talk promises to “analyze how we could successfully enter the very competitive market for commercial atomic-scale modelling software and discuss some of the opportunities that exist today for new entrants”. Having contributed a number of reports on the topic, e.g. on the Materials Modelling Software Market and Business models and sustainability for materials modelling software, we will be interested in the presentation and discussions in the session.
In this first webinar of the OntoCommons project we will provide a brief overview about the OntoCommons EcoSystem (OCES), Top Reference Ontologies, Industrial Domain Ontologies, FAIR Ontologies, Standardisation in the ontology ecosystem, the OntoCommons Community and the Focus Areas of the OntoCommons project.
The webinar will be held on 23 February 2021 at 2pm GMT (15:00 CET).
Ontologists, industrial stakeholders, implementers, and end users should participate to learn more about:
- The Ontology Commons EcoSystem (OCES)
- The roles played by the Top Reference Ontologies, Industrial Domains and FAIR Ontologies
- Standardisation in the ontology ecosytem
- Our plans to grow the OntoCommons Community through engagement with key Focus Areas
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
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.
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
The much anticipated release of EMMO is now available under a Creative Commons licence.
EMMO is a multidisciplinary effort to develop a standard representational framework (the ontology) based on physical sciences, materials modelling knowledge, analytical philosophy and information and communication technologies. EMMO is designed to be able to represent the complex multiscale nature of chemicals and materials, multiple perspectives on those and of course all types of models, represented in line with a previously established standard for materials modelling terminology and classification (CWA 17284). Properties of materials are strictly related to measurements, in line with ISO standards. Quantum Mechanics representations cover the two major interpretations: Copenhagen and de Broglie-Bohm. All relations in the ontology are based on just four primitives: taxonomy (is-a relations), set-theory (membership), mereotopology (parthood and connections), and semiotics (representations, properties).
EMMO is ready to drive the integration of heterogeneous data sources, interoperability of modelling, integrated digital marketplaces and digitalisation of R&D. It is already being applied in a number of European projects (e.g. SimDome).
For further information there are resources on the EMMC website (note that registration may be required) which will be further updated with recordings of a recent EMMO Training workshop. For reference, bookmark EMMO.tech or contact us via email.
Acknowledgement: EMMO is a result of the EMMC-CSA project which has received funding from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 723867.
The European Commission announced today an investment of €195 million via the Horizon 2020 programme in setting up and developing 13 new ‘centres of excellence’ in seven Member States, helping to boost research and innovation performance and inspiring the scientific community to develop new products and processes in tandem with leading scientific institutes from all over Europe.
We are pleased to see the new centres include ENSEMBLE3, which will focus on research excellence and innovation performance in the area of crystal growth-based technologies, novel functional materials with innovative electromagnetic properties, and applications in nanophotonics, optoelectronics and medicine.
I am always happy to see the strong innovation legacy of the Nanotechnology Consortium that I ran from 2004-2010 grow in the Materials Studio releases. The leading edge tools that the Consortium progressed from an academic code to a commercial release include ONETEP (linear scaling DFT), QMERA (coupled electronic-atomistic modelling) as well as the new GULP (atomistic modelling incl reactive forcefield) and DFTB+ (fast, tight binding based DFT). All have been further enhanced and by now are clearly a core part of the Dassault Systemès discrete modelling package. Particularly pleasing is the recent release of the reaction Kinetic Monte Carlo module Kinetix for the general public, about 10 years after it became available to Nanotechnology Consortium members. As other Reaction Kinetic MC tools have moved from academia to a wider industry use (see e.g. Zacros) it is clear that the Nanotech Consortium and all companies that supported it were leading the innovation. I am curious to see where the next wave of Dassault Systemès innovation in materials modelling is going to come from, as sadly the time of consortia seems to be over.