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EMMC-CSA Webinar – Introductions to Ontology and Interoperability

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Date(s) - Monday, April 29, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am


The webinar will be presented by Dr. Alexandra Simperler (Goldbeck Consulting)

This presentation is wrapped around the work of the European Materials Modelling Council (EMMC) and, thus, related to materials modelling software. However, several of the topics discussed will be relevant to the software community in general.

Our community encounters horizontal interoperability problems, i.e. the use of different codes for a single problem, and vertical interoperability problems, when they try to transfer data between different codes and model types used to simulate the same material. Within the scope of the EMMC the interest is focused on a subset of interoperability environments that facilitate information exchange in the materials modelling field at several semantic interoperability levels. The most important levels can be identified as: scientific community level, material user case level, characterization level, modelling level and at numerical level. These are covered by the European Materials & Modelling Ontology (EMMO).
This educational presentation is aimed to provide participants with an introduction to ontologies and scenarios for interoperability. The importance for a common language and a standardized communication between different levels and stakeholders will be highlighted.

Finally, it will be discussed, how EMMC supports efforts to achieve interoperability of materials models and by establishing open standards for the integration of different codes (e.g. academic and commercial, open and close source), referred to as the Open Simulation Platform (OSP).

The material is provided by the EMMC-CSA ( partners Gerhard Goldbeck, Emanuele Ghedini, Adham Hashibon, Georg J. Schmitz, and Jesper Friis.


In case you have any questions regarding the webinar please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Simperler. (email:


The organisation of the webinar is supported
by the funded EU project EMMC-CSA, Grant Agreement No. 723867.



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