iNovex Delivers SBIR Prototype
iNovex Information Systems recently delivered a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant prototype for "A Semantic Technology for Materials Design and Development". Our prototype supports the Materials Genome Initiative by deploying a free and open-source semantic web for materials design and development - accelerating the discovery and deployment of advanced material systems. For this Phase I prototype iNovex teamed with Penn State University in State College, PA., The University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, AU., SRI International's Materials Laboratory in Menlo Park, CA., and Cambridge Semantics in Cambridge, MA.
This Phase I prototype extended the UQ’s work on the FUSION Project (Fuel cell Understanding through Semantic Inferencing, Ontologies and Nanotechnology) to build an extensible, scalable and decentralized semantic web of linked data for the global materials design community, a workbench of integrated tools including crowdsourcing tools for ontological development, and tools that enable scientists to discover, enrich and analyze the data to extract knowledge from the community collective.
The core infrastructure includes two critical elements – i) the tools necessary for self-sustained organic growth and development by the community; and ii) an architecture and framework for integrating commercial products. With this core infrastructure in place, commercial interests can leverage it to introduce optional commercial products and services, creating a symbiotic relationship that will sustain long-term growth of the semantic web for materials design.