Reproducibility, sharing and progress in nanomaterial databases

Publicly accessible databases are core resources for data-rich research, consolidating field-specific knowledge and highlighting best practices and challenges. Further effective growth of nanomaterial databases requires the concerted efforts of database stewards, researchers, funding agencies and publishers.

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Figure 1: Data cycle in nanomaterials research.
Figure 2: Streamlining and expediting database growth by direct deposition of the experimental data.


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We thank the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Cancer Institute within the National Institutes of Health for funding the development of the Nanomaterials Registry under contract HHSN2682010000022C. In addition, A.T. acknowledges support from NIH grants 5U54CA198999 and U01CA207160.

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Tropsha, A., Mills, K. & Hickey, A. Reproducibility, sharing and progress in nanomaterial databases. Nature Nanotech 12, 1111–1114 (2017).

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