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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.

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.

CEN Standard on Materials modelling – terminology, classification and metadata

The CEN (European Committee for Standardization) Workshop Agreement CWA 17284 “Materials modelling – terminology, classification and metadata”  described in an earlier post has been published. Here is the Abstract:

This CWA includes definitions of fundamental terms for the field of materials modelling and simulation. Computational materials models in this CWA are understood to be physics-based models. This CWA does not include data-based models. The definitions enable a classification of materials models. Using the entity and physics equation concepts, leads to a relatively small number of distinct materials models replacing the current situation of opacity of materials models and simulations that make the field hard to access for outsiders. This CWA also provides a systematic description and documentation of simulations including the user case, model, solver and post-processor: the “materials MOdelling DAta” (MODA). This document seeks to organize the information so that even complex simulation workflows can be conveyed more easily and key data about the models, solvers and post-processors and their implementation can be captured. A template MODA for physics-based models is described in order to guide users towards a complete documentation of material and process simulations. The CWA is based on the Review of Materials Modelling (RoMM). A MODA for data-based models can be found in the RoMM.

This document provides the basis for moving the materials modelling field up the semantic spectrum, laying the foundation for knowledge organisation achieved in many other fields (see e.g. the Osthus presentation “From Big Data to Big Analysis” given at the EMMC Workshop on Interoperability in Materials Modelling). It lays the foundation for developing and ontology of materials modelling, enabling interoperability, reasoning and knowledge extraction in the materials science domain.

A New European Network to Coordinate and Support the Industrial Uptake of Materials Modelling

In recognition of the importance of materials modelling for industrial innovation and the strength of Europe, a new Horizon 2020 project has been funded to augment and further boost the actions of the European Materials Modelling Council (EMMC). The new European Materials Modelling Council Coordination and Support Action (EMMC-CSA) includes 15 partners and is coordinated by TU Wien.

Goldbeck Consulting is part of the EMMC management team and leads Work Package 2 on Interoperability and Integration of materials modelling.

For further information, see the EMMC-CSA Press Release.

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