Big Data Survey


Big Data Survey

The topic of Big Data (and Open Data) is attracting growing interest throughout the scientific community, including the materials community.

  • “Big Data” is the management of very large sets of data and is applicable to any field. For the materials community, Big Data can be crucial for accelerating materials discovery and the path to applications and commercialization.


  • “Open Data” would provide public access to data, especially federally funded research, as indicated in the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) February 2013 memorandum, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research”. The trend toward public access to data could impact our community in terms of how materials research is conducted and how materials science & engineering is taught.

The Materials Research Society (MRS) and The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) are conducting a survey to gather the opinions of researchers and practitioners in the global materials community about matters relating to materials science and engineering data. Specifically, what is the role of materials data; what are current practices and needs of the materials community in terms of data generation, access, management, and utilization; how do these material data issues relate to Big Data and Open Data? OSTP, as part of its collaborative efforts with other U.S. and international agencies and organizations, has asked for our help in gathering input on these issues.

Take the survey

The deadline for participating in the survey is May 31, 2013.