CODATA-VAMAS UDSnano next steps November 2013 to October 2014

CODATA-VAMAS released a revised Draft Framework for the Uniform Description System for Materials on the Nanoscale on October 3, 2013. The Framework is available on the WG’s web site here.

The Framework defines the major categories of information important for describing materials on the nanoscale as well as the detailed descriptors used in some of the categories. Groups actively working on defining a more complete set of descriptors were also identified. The next and final stage of the WG’s effort is to continue to improve the Framework and to define an initial Uniform Description System (UDSnano) in as much detail as possible. The paper outlines the work plan for the next 12 months. The plan consists of four major elements.

  1. Define an initial UDSnano, using a small group of international experts
  2. Engage expert organizations to work on specific categories within their domain of expertise
  3. Hold three international workshops (one each in Europe, North America and Asia) to consolidate progress and establish long-term responsibility for expanding and maintaining the UDSnano
  4. Produce the final report and recommendations

NQCG is deeply involved in all of these elements and contribute especially to the definition of the initial UDSnano. Each of these elements is discussed in detail on the WG’s web site.

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NQCG's primary research interest is the realization of quantum simulators capable of complex computations in the fields of nanoscience and continuum mechanics.