European, publicly funded academic research has been producing world-leading results in the Computational Materials Modelling field for many decades. While almost all of this research is publicly available in peer-reviewed journals and most was never IP-protected, the materials-related data underlying these published results has not been easy to access. Storing and re-using extremely large amounts of data used to be difficult due to high storage costs and low-access bandwidth but these storage and bandwidth problems have become progressively tractable with technological advances. 

However, the bulk of materials-related data still remains practically inaccessible for two main reasons:

  • Absence of a viable and transparent infrastructure for making data uploads possible and meaningful.
  • General lack of stimulus and incentives for publicly-funded researchers to upload their data to open access repositories.