CEN/WS ‘OYSTER on Materials characterisation - Terminology, classification and metadata’


The Workshop and the related CWA provide standardised terminology that will improve future exchanges among experts in the entire area of materials characterisation, facilitate the exchange with industrial end-users and experimentalists and reduce the barrier to utilising advanced materials characterisation.

The common language is expected to foster dialogue and mutual understanding between industrial end-users, equipment manufacturers, and academic researchers. Standardisation of terminology and classification has been identified as critical to collaboration in and dissemination of European research projects. In particular, standards will facilitate interoperability between methods and databases. The standardization is relevant for an integrated technological development and brings benefits for industrial end-users due to simplified and much more efficient communication in the field of materials characterisation. The classification helps data interpreters by translating industrial problems into problems that can be analysed with characterisation methods. It assists workflow development where several methods can interoperate in addressing a specific end-user question.


In future, this standardised terminology and classification can be formalised into a taxonomy and an ontology of materials characterisation. Such an ontology will form the basis for formal metadata development with which methods and databases can be linked. These developments will support efficient solutions for materials characterisation, enhance the communication, dissemination, storage, retrieval and mining of data about materials characterisation and contribute to efforts for materials digitalisation. The CEN workshop will be based on EU project OYSTER results.


The Workshop is proposed within the context of the Horizon 2020 EU project OYSTER (Grant Agreement no. 760827), aiming at bringing OYSTER solution and results to market through standardisation. The project is supported by the European Materials Modelling Council (https://emmc.info/) and European Material Characterization Council (http://www.characterisation.eu/). 


The WS has finalised  the draft CWA ‘Materials characterisation - Terminology, classification, and metadata’, which is hereby made available for a commenting phase of 30 days. Any interested party is invited to submit comments on the draft CWA to the WS secretary Mr Adriano Ferrara, by 23 July 2021, using the below commenting form.


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