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This EMMC-CSA deliverable is a public document dealing with gaps
and obstacles in materials modelling for industry.
The document is based on wide-spread input from a range of modelling fields and a variety of modelling stakeholders.


This work has received funding via the EMMC-CSA project
from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
under Grant Agreement No 723867


EMMC Report on Translation case studies describing the gained experience (obstacles, etc.)

This report describes the activities carried out within task collecting Translation case studies (by compiling the EMMC Translation case template and using the EMMC Translators guide), analysing the progress and results and describing the gained experience. Efforts were especially spent to find cases of translation carried out by or for Small Medium Enterprises (SME).

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The preparation of this report was supported
by the funded EU project EMMC-CSA, Grant Agreement No. 723867.

EMMC-CSA Report on ““Story boards of materials modelling”

Several storyboards have been developed for the video series on the economic training for Translators, Maturity model, the Business Decision Support System (BDSS)
and EMMC Case Studies refering to Task “Enhance the visibility of materials modelling possibilities to industry, in particular SMEs” of the EMMC-CSA working programme.

The major outcome is a series of several videos, related to economic training concepts for Translators, to the Maturity model and BDSS
and a number of  Case Studies, available on

All the videos are publicly available on the EMMC YouTube channel


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Luca Bergamesco (POLITO)
Alexandra Simperler (GCL)
Davide Di Stefano ( ANSYS-GRANTA )


The preparation of this report has received funding via the EMMC-CSA Project
from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme 
under Grant Agreement No 72386

EMMC-CSA Workshop on Industrial impact of materials modelling – REPORT available now!

The report on the outcome of the Workshop

Industrial impact of materials modelling – achievements and perspectives 8-10 July 2019 – Sala Teatro, SiTI (Links Foundation), Politecnico di Torino – Turin, Italy

has been published on the event page!!



This event has received funding via the EMMC-CSA Project
from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 72386


EMMC Documentation on Training material for standards in software development and where to find it


This documentation is an Annex to the “White paper for standards of modelling software development”
providing links to and training material to be used for developers of modelling software.

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“Training material for standards in software development and where to find it”


Kurt Stokbro (SYNOPSYS)
Gerhard Goldbeck, Alexandra Simperler (both GCL)
Erich Wimmer, Volker Eyert (both MDS)


The preparation of this documentation has received funding via the EMMC-CSA Project
from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme
under Grant Agreement No 72386

EMMC – Report on IntOP2018: EMMC-CSA Workshop on Marketplaces and Interoperability

On November 6-7, 2018, the EMMC organised the “IntOP2018: EMMC-CSA Workshop on Marketplaces and Interoperability”. This workshop took place at Fraunhofer IWM in Freiburg, Germany.

The goal of the workshop is to bring together main actors developing next generation online materials science collaboration platforms including calculated and measured data repositories to foster discussions and collaboration.
For more information on the workshop – please visit the event-page!


Please find below the report on this workshop compiled by Gerhard Goldbeck and Alexandra Simperler (Goldbeck Consulting Limited):

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EMMC-CSA: White paper for business models and sustainability for materials modelling software

Successful software for materials modelling has an expected lifetime of many decades. This long-term nature requires a sound legal and business foundation: the ownership of software must be clearly established and the license models need to be carefully thought through to ensure a sustainable development and maintenance of the software and impactful exploitation by both academic and industrial end-users. Different business models carefully need to be considered when developing a strategy for long term sustainability of software and sustainment of the operation.
As background, the White Paper provides an overview of materials modelling software market, considering different segmentations (by value chain and by type of modelling) and briefly discusses market dynamics. It is, however, not an extensive market analysis.
Furthermore, the fundamental aspects of software sustainability and sustainment are described, based on literature and previous reports published by the Research Data Alliance and Software Sustainability Institute. In that context, Business Models are discussed, with a detailed analysis of different Revenue Models.
Based on the above background analysis, the status of materials modelling software is presented with respect to different sustainment attributes (Users and Communities, Product Management, Software development and maintenance, Revenue Generation). The findings are based on a workshop and surveys carried out by the EMMC during 2018. Finally, the thoughts and recommendations shared by Software Owners (SWOs) during the evidence gathering are summarised.

The main findings of the White Paper are:

  • A variety of business models are used by SWOs, mostly based on a hybrid software and services approach. The revenue percentage share of services varies greatly; it is typically higher in the initial development phase of a software to enable industrial take-up.
  • Software sales as well as subscription licenses in combination with a range of services (from initial implementation to contract research) are the predominant revenue mix.
  • Services play a significant role, with income ranging from 20-80% in many cases. Target software to services ratio is in the range of 70-80 / 30-20. Services are not as scalable but a substantial amount seems required due to the complexity of the software and science. However, there are also exceptions, with some SWO running a successful business with a pure software (and some training etc.) focus.
  • SaaS is still in its infancy. Ways of overcoming industry reservations with SaaS (e.g. security concerns) should be found since SaaS can greatly reduce software maintenance costs and provide a faster route for new features to get to users. Also, SaaS would help to reach small and medium enterprises.
  • There is some skepticism but also opportunity for Marketplaces. The added value of the marketplace needs to be demonstrated to SWOs as well, in particular regarding the relation to customers. A concern is that the relation could become more distant rather than closer.
  • New businesses developing services or SaaS based on proprietary software is somewhat hindered by the lack of business and licensing models between SWO and SaaS provider as SWO tend to focus on licensing to end users directly.
  • Sustainability of software requires a change in education and better recognition of the persons in charge.
  • Lifecycle of software requires substantial rethinking and a vision for the future as software’s age reaches decades.
  • Working with customers (via services and consortia etc.) is important to uncover why they are using your software and what it takes to retain them as well as to fund new developments.
  • Government funded projects are also important to most SWOs for development.
  • Most software represented is proprietary but there are a range of involvements with open-source. There is a lot of complementarity (e.g. pre- post- processing and materials relations for open source codes) and SWOs can profit from the collaborative opportunities it brings.
  • It is important to engage with the academic community, find ways to make software engineering more exciting and bring in new standards to make software sustainable and maintainable.

More information on the “White paper for business models and sustainability for materials modelling software”

Also published on Zenodo:

EMMC Roadmap 2018 for Materials Modelling and Informatics

The EMMC releases the EMMC Roadmap 2018 for Materials Modelling and Informatics.

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This roadmap originated from the outcome of the EMMC International Workshop 2017 and
several  EMMC events like focused workshops, expert group meetings and surveys
by collecting views on what materials modelling developments are required in order
to respond to the application needs of the European industry.


Former roadmaps …