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MGI Overview

One of the big challenges of engineering is the time it takes to get from innovation to production. This year, President Obama announced the Materials Genome Initiative for Global Competitiveness, as a joint effort between industry, academia, and several major government agencies. Materials issues are considered critical both to national defense and energy policy. However, the time to get  a brand new material from the lab bench to market tends to be measured in decades. This initiative aims to decrease that time by  making foundational data more accessible. Accordingly, one of the major goals of the Material Genome Initiative is to create better open databases for materials information. In biology, with the rise of bioinformatics and data sharing requirements by funding agencies, there are some impressive databases, such as FlyBase and WormBase, each devoted to a  particular organism. However, there are a number of challenges that arise when trying to share materials data. One…

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