NanoCommons is creating an openly accessible e-infrastructure serving the current and future (unmet) needs of the key research communities and pivotal industrial users and regulators. NanoCommons will bring pan-European added value and innovation opportunities, by answering the increasing demands concerning the prediction of safety of existing and new nanoscale materials for health and environmental sustainability. NanoCommons is creating a community framework and infrastructure for reproducible science, and in particular in silico workflows for nanomaterials and beyond, by:
- integration and federation of existing nanomaterials physicochemical characterisation and interaction mechanisms knowledge, protocols and data (beyond simple toxicity), along with quality assurance criteria and underpinning ontologies;
- compilation, development and expert support of computational tools for mechanistic and statistical modelling, read-across, grouping, safe-by-design and life cycle assessment of nanomaterials and nano-enabled products to the broader user community, and benchmarking of their predictive power; and
- provision of (virtual) access to its KnowledgeBase (KB), modelling toolbox and workflow optimisation and supporting expertise to facilitate commercialisation of nanotechnology-derived products.
The NanoCommons e-infrastructure is a living and continuous evolving entity, which aims to integrate and further develop existing state-of-the-art tools and to develop those that are needed to fill in the experimental, computational and beyond needs of the nanosafety community. While NanoCommons aims to integrate a wide range of services covering 4 main pillars, namely: (i) Experimental Workflow Design & Implementation, (ii) Data Processing and Analysis, (iii) Data Visualisation and Predictive Toxicity and (iv) Data Storage and Online Access.
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