The repository infrastructure is being built in accordance with FAIR Digital Object Framework, which will help enable the FAIR Data Principles of Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. Our platform will implement these principles through the use of Cordra and an extended implementation of schema.org. The Digital Object Architecture approach was recently highlighted in an RDA Adoption Story, and extended versions of schema.org are gaining adoption in many communities, such as life sciences with Bioschemas. The platform will enable Linked Data, or Semantic Web technology allowing data to be shared and reused between applications, organizations, and communities. Data from numerous distributed producers will be referenced with unique, persistent identifiers and a public-facing API will enable the community to develop apps for reading and writing data. Our use of schema.org/DefinedTerm will enable agile development in response to user needs as we contribute to an emerging vocabulary for biomaterials across communities of research and practice.
Data infrastructure is being developed in collaboration with the Materials Genome Initiative, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).