Open Innovation Environments and their Importance in Materials Modelling and Materials Characterisation

Together with partners from the European H2020 OYSTER Open Innovation Environment (OIE) project, we put together a White Paper with some historical context to the development of Open Innovation and make the case that OIE and similar platform technologies are key enablers of open innovation in complex research fields such as materials science. They provide possibilities for participating in a wider Innovation Network Ecosystem involving all stakeholders from citizen to corporation. Thanks to Cambridge Nanomaterials Technology for their contribution.

Digital Marketplaces and their value for the Materials Modelling Ecosystem

We just published an overview paper of the emergence of digital marketplaces in the area of science driven industries, with a particular focus on materials modelling. Complex science and technology requires a wide range of tools and expertise, and benefits from assembling a network of skills and capabilities in an open innovation approach. Digital marketplaces are becoming crucial in orchestrating R&D that works in a complex ecosystem, ensure that a wider range of stakeholders and involved and that industry can access emerging developments from academia more readily. The paper discusses the emergence of marketplaces and e-commerce in general and provides successful examples of marketplaces in R&D outsourcing, materials expertise, data and simulations. Emerging marketplaces in materials modelling based on the EU H2020 MarketPlace and VIMMP projects are introduced.

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OntoCommons: An industrial ontology journey of Standardisation, FAIR Data & Innovation

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
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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

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European Materials & Modelling Ontology (EMMO) Release

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.

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Towards a Digital Materials Alliance for European industry

Goldbeck Consulting is pleased to organise a session at the the EU Industry Days, 5/6 February 2019, the flagship EU event on industrial policy. The conference will include various sessions organised by different Commission departments and industrial stakeholders. High profile industry speakers will attend the event with the purpose of influencing and inspiring future industry leaders, and prompting discussion and debate amongst different audience categories.

The session on Digital Materials will take place on 6 February and discuss a range of questions including

  • How to increase European manufacturing and process industry capacity to extract knowledge from data?
  • How to support leadership by digital transformation of data into knowledge?
  • What actions are proposed for a common semantic knowledge base in materials?
  • How can efforts to build ontologies in various domains of materials and manufacturing be combined for best effect?
  • How to achieve that manufacturing companies remain competitive (new products, high-added value) on the basis of knowledge extracted from wide-spanning data sets?
  • How to promote European benefits from data management, standardised documentation enabling interoperability and linking tools for enriching and enhancing the usability of data?

The session will feature contributions from a range of experts including:

  • Martin Winter, Innovation Manager, Cefic Innovation, Advisory Group & Digital Technologies, European Chemical Industry Council.
  • Riikka Virkkunen, VTT Digitalising Industries Manager, EFFRA board member.
  • Ulrike Sattler, Professor of Computer Science, University of Manchester.
  • Tim Dahmen, Team Leader, German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Co-author of https://www. dgm.de/medien/print-medien/strategiepapier-digitale-transformation/
  • Hedi Karray, INP Toulouse, Industrial Ontologies Foundry

Registration for the conference is free.