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NSDL Materials Digital Library Pathway: Hub for Materials Education and Research

Laura M. Bartolo; Cathy S. Lowe

ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006


The NSDL Materials Digital Library Pathway (MatDL) is a consortium of organizations building an information infrastructure and assuming stewardship of significant content and services to support the integration of education and research in materials science (MS). The consortium includes: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Kent State University, MIT, University of Michigan, Iowa State University, and Purdue University. Additionally, this Pathways project is facilitating the dissemination of resources generated by government-funded MS collaborations: Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams, Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers, and International Materials Institutes. The NSDL MatDL Pathway provides: 1) tools to describe, manage, exchange, archive, and disseminate data among national and international government-funded materials teams and centers; 2) support for open access development of modeling and simulation tools; 3) services and content for virtual labs in large undergraduate introductory science courses; and 4) workspace for collaborative development of core undergraduate MS teaching materials. By serving as a dedicated hub for the materials research community to support communication and interactions among its members, MatDL offers the opportunity to create learning objects based on recent research, as well as convenient access to shared resources and learning objects.

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