The Greener Nano 2012: Nanoinformatics Tools and Resources Workshop is fast approaching. The agenda is available, registration is free and open (until July 15), and a block of rooms is available at the Courtyard Portland City Center.
Workshop Goals: To establish a better understanding of current applications and clearly define immediate and projected informatics infrastructure needs for the nanotechnology community. We will use the theme of nanoEHS to provide real-world, concrete examples on how informatics can be utilized to advance our knowledge and guide nanoscience. Anticipated outcomes of the workshop will include: i) description of a community-based ideal data lifecycle, ii) nanomaterial description requirements for effective data modeling, and iii) a logical framework for integration of nanoinformatics tools and resources.
Two preliminary webinars will be hosted to ensure a productive workshop. It is expected that workshop participants will review materials provided in Webinar Part I and will take part in Webinar Part II.
Webinar Part I – available July 9th at noon EDT
Pre-recorded overviews of current nanoinformatics tools and resources
Webinar Part II – on July 25 from noon-2:00pm EDT
Interactive webinar for questions/comments/feedback on tools and resources as well as discussion of breakout session topics
Post comments and questions prior to the webinar: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/greener-nano-2012-nanoinformatics-ws
Breakout Session Themes
BREAKOUT SESSION 1
Data Lifecycle to Support a Sustainable Cyber-Toolbox
Session 1 Leaders: Mark Tuominen, Michele Ostraat, and Jim Hutchison
- What does the IDEAL data lifecycle look like?
- Comparison with our CURRENT lifecycle.
- What are the data gaps?
- What are the barriers to move from current to ideal?
Session Outputs: recommendation on IDEAL data lifecycle; identification of data gaps and barriers to sustainable nanoinformatics
BREAKOUT SESSION 2
Use of Nanoinformatics for Predictive Modeling
Session 2 Leaders: Nathan Baker, Yoram Cohen, Sharon Gaheen and Krishna Rajan
- What outputs are expected from predictive toxicology and mechanistic models?
- What level of nanomaterial representation/description is required to parameterize these models?
- What examples can be used to illustrate NI as a ‘model’ for the Materials Genome Initiative?
Session Outputs: recommendation on nanomaterial description requirements for predictive modeling; examples to illustrate utility of NI approach
BREAKOUT SESSION 3
Session 3 Leaders: Jeff Steevens, Stacey Harper, Sally Tinkle and Mark Hoover
- How do existing grassroots efforts in nanoinformatics fit into an integrated framework for nanoinformatics infrastructure?
- What steps need to be taken to move from independent informatics efforts to an integrated nanoinformatics framework that broadly supports the nanoscience community as well as industry?
- Which bits of informatics need to be unified/standardized and which just need to be functionally linked?
- What bits (or chunks) of nanoinformatics are still missing?
Session Outputs: recommendation on standards to catalyze nanoscience and support nanoinformatics approaches and modeling; plan for data sharing and informatics integration; identification of informatics gaps