Metadata for Experiments in Nanoscience Foundries

  • Vasily Bunakov
  • Tom Griffin
  • Brian Matthews
  • Stefano Cozzini
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 706)


Metadata is a key aspect of data management. This paper describes the work of NFFA-EUROPE project on the design of a metadata standard for nanoscience, with a focus on data lifecycle and the needs of data practitioners who manage data resulted from nanoscience experiments. The methodology and the resulting high-level metadata model are presented. The paper explains and illustrates the principles of metadata design for data-intensive research. This is value to data management practitioners in all branches of research and technology that imply a so-called “visitor science” model where multiple researchers apply for a share of a certain resource on large facilities (instruments).


Metadata Nanostructures foundries 



This work is supported by Horizon 2020 NFFA-Europe project under grant agreement no. 654360.


  1. 1.
    Hider, P.: Information Resource Description: Creating and Managing Metadata. Facet Publishing, London (2012)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR). Final Report.
  3. 3.
    Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS), Recommended Practice, CCSDS 650.0-M-2 (Magenta Book). Issue 2, June 2012. CCSDS (The Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems), Washington DC (2012)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    The Core Scientific Metadata Model (CSMD).
  5. 5.
    Draft metadata standard for nanoscience data. NFFA project deliverable D11.2. February 2016Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    METS: Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard.
  7. 7.
    Uniform Description System for Materials on the Nanoscale, Version 2.0. CODATA-VAMAS Working Group on the Description of Nanomaterials (2016). doi: 10.5281/zenodo.56720
  8. 8.
    EUDAT E-infrastructure project.
  9. 9.
    EUDAT B2SHARE service.
  10. 10.
    EUDAT B2SHARE user documentation.
  11. 11.
    NFFA user guide.
  12. 12.
    Research data alliance.
  13. 13.
    Bunakov, V., Matthews, B., Griffin, T., Cozzini, S.: Metadata for nanoscience experiments. In: Selected Papers of the XVIII International Conference on Data Analytics & Management in Data Intensive Domains (DAMDID/RCDL 2016), CEUR Workshop Proceedings, vol. 1752, pp. 3–6 (2016)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vasily Bunakov
    • 1
  • Tom Griffin
    • 1
  • Brian Matthews
    • 1
  • Stefano Cozzini
    • 2
  1. 1.Science and Technology Facilities CouncilHarwellUK
  2. 2.CNRIstituto Officina dei MaterialiTriesteItaly

Personalised recommendations