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Sep 30, 2018

FAIR Data Infrastructure for Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, and Astronomy

In a similar spirit to that which built up and advanced the internet, the time is more than ripe for building an infrastructure that enables efficient collection and sharing of data. Without such a reliable infrastructure, the envisioned success of Big-Data-driven materials science will be hampered. 

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Therefore, researchers from Germany (Fritz Haber Institute, Humboldt University, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoffmechanik, Forschungszentrum Jülich), and the Netherlands (the NWO Institute ASTRON, Radboud University Nijmegen, University of Twente) have been enthusiastically discussing for several months how to join forces in order to take the scientific community to the next level.

In early September 2018, the founding meeting of the non-profit association FAIR Data Infrastructure for Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, and Astronomy – in short FAIRDI – has finally taken place in Amsterdam. The association ( will support science and research in various areas: Pillar A - Computational materials science, Pillar B - Experimental materials science, Pillar C - Biophysical and soft-matter simulations, Pillar D - Astrophysics and space-situational awareness, and Pillar E - User management, intellectual property rights, cyber security (horizontal).

The specific goals are to strongly support extensive sharing of scientific data to advance research in science and engineering (thereby also preventing scientific misconduct); to host raw and normalized data, such that data from different studies can be compared and used for other purposes than those initially intended when the data were created; to build an infrastructure to make Big Data easily available to other computer centers and research labs in academia and industry; and to make data ready for analysis by methods from artificial intelligence.

We are confident that FAIRDI will grow into a European, and ultimately international, network!

Founding meeting participants: Prof. Dr. J. Kok, Dr. R. Ritz, Dr. A.-J. Boonstra, Dr. M. de Vos, Dr. C. Baldauf, Prof. Dr. C. Draxl, Prof. Dr. M. Scheffler, Prof. Dr. T. Heskes, Prof. Dr. T.T.M. Palstra, Dr. T. Bereau, Dr. V. Bolnykh, Dr. E. Ippoliti, Prof. Dr. C. Wöll, A.J. Brink, Dr. Urban