Microscopy and Microanalysis Data Management - RDA 11th Plenary BoF meeting

BoF Meeting title

BoF Microscopy and Microanalysis Data Management

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Short introduction describing the scope of the group and if any previous activities

NIST is launching an effort to coordinate data management activities in the fields of microscopy and microanalysis, with a specific goal of assisting industry partners such as instrument manufacturers, software vendors, and related stakeholders in the private sector. The technical scope includes all microscopic data acquisition modalities, including spectroscopic, multispectral, hyperspectral, and of course imaging methods. While participation from the light microscopy community is welcome, the scope is meant to complement ongoing LM activities by focusing on techniques such as scanning and transmission electron microscopy, focused ion beams, electron backscatter diffraction, Auger, XPS, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry, micro XCT, micro XRF, atom probe tomography, secondary ion mass spectrometry, etc. NIST met with a large number of industry partners at the 2017 International Microscopy and Microanalysis Meeting and the response about a BoF at RDA P11 was uniformly enthusiastic.

Additional links to informative material related to the group

Whitepaper making the case for this BoF:

Slides for this BoF as PDF:

Slides for this BoF as PPTX:

Microscopy Society of America Standards Committee

ISO TC202 Microbeam Analysis, ISO 22029:2012

Meeting objectives

The main goals of this BoF session are to:
* assess the suitability of the RDA framework for assisting these data coordination activities;
* work with the attendees to prioritize their needs and determine the most pressing concrete output achievable in 18 months;
* negotiate levels of commitment from participants and resources available for the work ahead;
* inform the participants of the broader RDA landscape and impress on them the need for harmonization with related groups.

Meeting agenda

* Introductions
* Presentation: Scope, meeting objectives, IETF model (John Henry Scott/NIST)
* Discussion: industry partner opportunities in the pre-competitive space
* Discussion: identify common needs and time commitments from participants
* Discussion: logistics of communication, file sharing, web meetings, etc
* Decision: is RDA the right venue? Next steps in RDA process
* Wrap-Up: confirm decisions and review next actions and who owns them

Target audience:

All interested individuals are welcome, but the target audience is industry representatives, government parties, professional society leadership, data professionals, and others who can complement domain researchers and data producers. Attendees should arrive prepared to discuss their organization's view of pressing needs and the expected level of in-kind commitment of labor, software development, schema design, etc that might be possible.

Group chair serving as contact person: John Henry Scott

Type of meeting: Working meeting