History of CMD Network

History of CMD Network

The CMD Network is the output of the ASM Materials Genome Team that was chartered by the ASM International Board in 2011, in response to the strong interest and flurry of activity generated by the White House "Materials Genome Initiative" announcement in June 2011. The CMD Network concept was developed over a period of several months, culminating in a Product Definition Workshop that took place in February 2012. The program was formally announced at a White House Materials Genome event held on May 14, 2012 in conjunction with a NIST workshop on materials data issues for ICME.

In October 2012, ASM engaged Nexight Group in a project to support program and business model development for the CMD Network. The Materials Genome Team was dissolved, and a new CMD Network Advisory Group was formed to provide technical expertise, experience-based insights, outreach support, and critical review and input to ensure that the CMD Network becomes a valuable resource for both industry and the materials research community.

Under the direction of the Advisory Group, CMD Network began building toward the future with the following objectives:

  • Expand ASM organizational competencies related to materials data and develop new capabilities that address the needs of government, industry, and academia

  • Use an "Initiatives" approach – implement projects as building blocks to larger goals

  • Leverage existing collaborations and partnerships and work to develop new ones

  • Utilize Granta software to build an open materials data resource, the CMD Network Materials Data Laboratory, and leverage the knowledge and experience of materials data management experts to sustain it