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Uniform Description System for Materials on the Nanoscale (v.1.0) Published

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The CODATA-VAMAS Working Group on Nanomaterials has released version 1.0 of the Uniform Description System for Materials on the Nanoscale (UDS). This document, including a downloadable version and background information, is publically available at A tabular version of the technical dictionary will be available shortly.

This work is the result of the efforts of many people from a variety of disciplines and international perspectives. Over time, as new nanomaterials are developed and more nanoinformatics tools are released, the UDS will of course be expanded to include new knowledge.

We encourage you to submit your comments, corrections, and suggestions for improvement to Feel free to circulate this message to other interested parties.

If you wish to cite this work in a publication or digital resource, the suggested citation is given on the inside of the front cover.

We want to thank everyone who worked on this version as well as acknowledge the financial support of ICSU (the International Council for Science), CODATA (the ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology) and VAMAS (the Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards).

John Rumble:

Steve Freiman:

Clayton Teague: