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Issue No. 01 - January/February (2009 vol. 24)
ISSN: 1541-1672
pp: 47-56
Kwok Cheung , University of Queensland
Jane Hunter , University of Queensland
John Drennan , University of Queensland
The MatSeek system is an ontology-based federated search interface to key materials science databases and analytical tools. By combining Semantic Web and Web 2.0 technologies, MatSeek provides materials scientists with a single Web interface that enables them to search across disparate databases containing crystal-structure data, ionic-conductivity data, and phase stability data; render 3D crystal-structure images; calculate bond lengths and angles; retrieve relevant scholarly references; and identify potential new materials with the structure and properties required to satisfy specific applications. The MatOnto ontology underlying MatSeek enables integration of data across disparate databases, and Web 2.0 technologies enable iterative searching across the databases. The results retrieved from searching the previous database are used as input to the query on the next database. By providing materials scientists with a single, integrated Web interface to the critical materials science databases and analytical tools, MatSeek represents a significant advance toward a full-fledged materials-informatics workbench.
semantic data integration, ontologies, materials informatics, data-driven materials science

K. Cheung, J. Drennan and J. Hunter, "MatSeek: An Ontology-Based Federated Search Interface for Materials Scientists," in IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 24, no. , pp. 47-56, 2009.
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