NKI NSI: Related Communities and Resources



EU NanoSafety Cluster Databases Working Group[1]

The Databases Working Group is tasked with agreeing on data interoperability and a common language (one or more ontologies) for European databases for project results and data that will ensure longevity of data (beyond individual project lifetimes) and enable wide uptake and accessibility of the data to modellers, risk assessors, and other researchers, as well as being able to communicate with other international databases.


InterNano, a service of the National Nanomanufacturing Network, informs and connects the nanomanufacturing community of researchers and practitioners. InterNano creates, collects, contextualizes, and disseminates relevant and timely resources, such as news highlights, reviews, processes, and topical assessments of the current state of practice in nanomanufacturing. Visitors can both use these resources and contribute information to the InterNano knowledgebase. InterNano works cooperatively with complementary informatics initiatives to facilitate data sharing among groups engaged with aspects of nanomanufacturing.

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Materials Genome Initiative (MGI)

The MGI is a multi-agency initiative to create a new era of policy, resources, and infrastructure that support U.S. institutions in the effort to discover, manufacture and deploy advanced materials twice as fast, at a fraction of the cost.


nanoHUB.org is the place for computational nanotechnology research, education, and collaboration. nanoHUB hosts a rapidly growing collection of Simulation Programs for nanoscale phenomena that run in the cloud and are accessed through your web browser. In addition there are Online Presentations, Courses, Learning Modules, Podcasts, Animations, Teaching Materials, and more to help you learn about the simulation programs and about nanotechnology. nanoHUB supports collaboration via Workspaces and User groups. 

National Cancer Informatics Program Nanotechnology Working Group (Nano WG)

The Nanotechnology Working Group (Nano WG) was established in 2008 for researchers with a specific interest in informatics and computational approaches to nanotechnology, with a particular emphasis on nanomedicine. The goal of this working group is to demonstrate the scientific potential of federating nanotechnology databases through pilot projects aimed at integrated semantic search and retrieval of nanomedicine and nanotoxicology datasets that are applicable across nanoscience. The Nano WG comprises over 20 active participants from academia, government, and industry with diverse interests.

U.S.-EU Community of Research (COR) on Databases and Computational Modeling for NanoEHS 

The seven U.S.-EU Communities of Research (CORs) serve as a platform for U.S. and EU scientists to share information on nanoEHS research. The goal of the Databases and Computational Modeling for NanoEHS COR is to enable the sharing, searching, and analysis of nanoscale material characterization data across a wide range of active and archived experimental sources and to give advice on how to structure these data to enable their widest possible use. 

NIST NanoEHS Protocols

NIST has been developing protocols of relevance to nano-EHS since 2007; some of these protocols have been published in a series of NIST Special Publications (SPs) with citable DOI names to provide persistent identification. A number of the NIST protocols were developed in conjunction with external collaborators.The development of protocols, defined here as step-by-step, reproducible, and validated procedures, is an essential first step in the harmonization of engineered nanomaterial and nanotechnology-enabled product property measurements to enable direct comparisons between laboratories and greater consistency in reporting. Protocols may address, either separately or conjointly, sample preparation, conduct of measurements, and data analysis.

International Council for Science: Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA)

CODATA works to improve the quality, reliability, management, and accessibility of data of importance to all fields of science and technology. CODATA is a resource that provides scientists and engineers with access to international data activities for increased awareness, direct cooperation, and new knowledge. CODATA and VAMAS, an international pre-standardization organization concerned with materials test methods, have set up a joint working group to help develop a uniform description system for nanomaterials.

Research Data Alliance (RDA)

RDA builds the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing of data. The RDA vision is researchers and innovators openly sharing data across technologies, disciplines, and countries to address the grand challenges of society. RDA enables data to be shared across barriers through focused Working Groups and Interest Groups, formed of experts from around the world – from academia, industry, and government. 

Center for Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT)

CEINT is exploring the relationship between a vast array of nanomaterials— from natural, to manufactured, to those produced incidentally by human activities— and their potential environmental exposure, biological effects, and ecological impacts. Created in 2008 with funding from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CEINT performs fundamental research on the behavior of nano-scale materials in laboratory and complex ecosystems. Research includes all aspects of nanomaterial transport, fate, and exposure, as well as ecotoxicological and ecosystem impacts. Additionally, CEINT is developing risk assessment tools to provide guidance in assessing existing and future concerns surrounding the environmental implications of nanomaterials.

University of California Center for Environmental Imlications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN)

UC CEIN is working to ensure the responsible use and safe implementation of nanotechnology in the environment through a multi-disciplinary approach to research, knowledge acquisition, education, and outreach. This mission is being accomplished by the development of environmental decision-making tools that consider the importance of engineered nanomaterial (ENM) physicochemical properties in determining environmental fate, transport, exposure, and hazard generation across a wide spectrum of nano/bio interfaces. The Center makes use of well-characterized compositional and combinatorial ENM libraries to study their fate and transport in parallel with the materials' bioavailability and potential to engage toxicological pathways in organisms and environmental life forms. Where possible, this exploration involves high throughput screening (HTS) to explore structure-activity relationships (SARs) that can be used for prediction making of primary ENMs' impact on organisms in freshwater, seawater, and terrestrial environments. In silico data transformation and decision-making tools are involved in data integration to provide hazard ranking, exposure modeling, risk profiling, and construction of nano-SARs. 

[1] A number of communities and resources may be relevant to the nanoinformatics community. Links to these external resources are provided for informational purposes only, and the NNCO does not make any representation as to the accuracy of information, endorse any views expressed, or endorse or approve any commercial products or private interests that may be advertised or available on these sites.