Harmonising knowledge for safer materials via the “NanoCommons” Knowledge Base

Maier, Dieter; Exner, Thomas E.; Papadiamantis, Anastasios G.; Ammar, Ammar; Tsoumanis, Andreas; Doganis, Philip; Rouse, Ian; Slater, Luke T.; Gkoutos, Georgios V.; Jeliazkova, Nina; Ilgenfritz, Hilmar; Ziegler, Martin; Gerhard, Beatrix; Kopetsky, Sebastian; Joshi, Deven; Walker, Lee ORCID:; Svendsen, Claus ORCID:; Sarimveis, Haralambos; Lobaskin, Vladimir; Himly, Martin; van Rijn, Jeaphianne; Winckers, Laurent; Millán Acosta, Javier; Willighagen, Egon; Melagraki, Georgia; Afantitis, Antreas; Lynch, Iseult. 2023 Harmonising knowledge for safer materials via the “NanoCommons” Knowledge Base. Frontiers in Physics, 11, 1271842. 17, pp.

Before downloading, please read NORA policies.
N536384JA.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.

Download (2MB) | Preview


In mediaeval Europe, the term “commons” described the way that communities managed land that was held “in common” and provided a clear set of rules for how this “common land” was used and developed by, and for, the community. Similarly, as we move towards an increasingly knowledge-based society where data is the new oil, new approaches to sharing and jointly owning publicly funded research data are needed to maximise its added value. Such common management approaches will extend the data’s useful life and facilitate its reuse for a range of additional purposes, from modelling, to meta-analysis to regulatory risk assessment as examples relevant to nanosafety data. This “commons” approach to nanosafety data and nanoinformatics infrastructure provision, co-development, and maintenance is at the heart of the “NanoCommons” project and underpins its post-funding transition to providing a basis on which other initiatives and projects can build. The present paper summarises part of the NanoCommons infrastructure called the NanoCommons Knowledge Base. It provides interoperability for nanosafety data sources and tools, on both semantic and technical levels. The NanoCommons Knowledge Base connects knowledge and provides both programmatic (via an Application Programming Interface) and a user-friendly graphical interface to enable (and democratise) access to state of the art tools for nanomaterials safety prediction, NMs design for safety and sustainability, and NMs risk assessment, as well. In addition, the standards and interfaces for interoperability, e.g., file templates to contribute data to the NanoCommons, are described, and a snapshot of the range and breadth of nanoinformatics tools and models that have already been integrated are presented Finally, we demonstrate how the NanoCommons Knowledge Base can support users in the FAIRification of their experimental workflows and how the NanoCommons Knowledge Base itself has progressed towards richer compliance with the FAIR principles.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pollution (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 2296-424X
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link.
Additional Keywords: nanosafety, materials modelling, nanoinformatics, safe and sustainable by design, FAIR data, semantic knowledge graphs, data infrastructure, data democratisation
NORA Subject Terms: Physics
Data and Information
Date made live: 06 Dec 2023 11:07 +0 (UTC)

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Document Downloads

Downloads for past 30 days

Downloads per month over past year

More statistics for this item...