Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS

Abstract

The increasing dependence of European industry upon non-European data sources is a matter of growing concern. Engineering materials data are considered to be a vital industrial and technological resource, but their development and use proceed in an uncoordinated manner and suffer from a lack of mutual awareness. Community action in this field therefore appears necessary, and the present workshop sought to identify options for joint efforts. The workshop considered data bases of machine readable, factual data on technically relevant properties of engineering materials. Its objectives were to: review the present status and availability of materials data bases in Europe; compare these with the experience of those in other countries; define aims for a cooperative approach to integration in the CEC; recommend and assign priorities as to how the CEC structures, means of action and funding should be used to produce timely, practical and effective results. Recommendations under the following eleven headings were gathered from the findings of the group discussions and plenary sessions: Directory of Data Information Sources; Improving Awareness; Multilingual Dictionary of Technical Terms and Definitions; Defining a European System; Guidelines for the Functional Specification of Software and "Standards" for Uniformity and User Friendliness in Access; Demonstrator Program; Analysis of Economic and Cost - benefit Aspects; Strategy for Coping with a Variety of User Needs; Educational Aspects; Confidentiality and Restrictions on Data Access; Standardization of Test Methods and Test Result Presentation. It was proposed to set up a European Task Force comprising technical experts and national coordinators to define and guide the forthcoming community initiatives on the basis of these recommendations. Furthermore this Task Force should assure mutual information, planning, coordination and liaison between member countries.

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Authors: KROECKEL H, JRC PETTEN ESTAB. (THE NETHERLANDS) AND CEC LUXEMBOURG;REYNARD K, JRC PETTEN ESTAB. (THE NETHERLANDS) AND CEC LUXEMBOURG;STEVEN G JRC PETTEN ESTAB. (THE NETHERLANDS) AND CEC LUXEMBOURG, JRC PETTEN ESTAB. (THE NETHERLANDS) AND CEC LUXEMBOURG
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 9768 EN (1985) FS, 180 P., BFR 200, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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