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Nanoinformatics is the science and practice of determining which information is relevant to the nanoscale science and engineering community, and then developing and implementing effective mechanisms for collecting, validating, storing, sharing, analyzing, modeling, and applying that information. Nanoinformatics also involves the utilization of networked communication tools to launch and support efficient communities of practice. Nanoinformatics is necessary for intelligent development and comparative characterization of nanomaterials, for design and use of optimized nanodevices and nanosystems, and for development of advanced instrumentation and manufacturing processes. Nanoinformatics also fosters efficient scientific discovery and learning through data mining and machine learning techniques.

A Roadmap for Nanoinformatics

The Nanoinformatics 2020 Roadmap [April 2011] is a community-owned program for developing coordinated activities in multiple subdomains of nanotechnology that are both complementary and lead to community-wide standards and tools for ongoing research and development of nanotechnology. This roadmap will be the first broad-based community effort to articulate comprehensive needs and goals for nanoinformatics. This effort responds to the call for roadmaps in the National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan.

The Nanoinformatics 2020 Roadmap is based in part on Nanoinformatics 2010, a collaborative roadmapping workshop and key component of this overarching roadmapping project. Nanoinformatics 2010 was planned around the belief that cooperation between disciplines and organizations and the advancement of nanotechnology research and development can be facilitated through informatics efforts. The program itself was designed to bring together diverse disciplinary-based approaches to the workshop themes; to showcase nanoinformatics tools and projects; to discuss challenges associated with each theme; and to enable the community to sketch out a path for addressing the grand challenges of nanotechnology through e-Science. Nanoinformatics 2010 and its outcomes are described as part of the Nanoinformatics 2020 Roadmap.

Following on the work of Nanoinformatics 2010 and the Nanoinformatics 2020 Roadmap, a second community-wide nanoinformatics will be planned for the Fall of 2011. Stay tuned.


Nanoinformatics Bibliography: an effort to pull together all the literature relevant to nanoinformatics. If you are aware of references to be included, please create an account and contribute.

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