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Name of Collaboratory :


Collaboratory for the Multi-Scale Chemical Sciences (CMCS)


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Collaboratory Status :

Operational   Start Date : 2001 End Date : Not Available Info Last Updated : Thu, Dec 9 2010 5:01am PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Distributed Research Center  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Community Data Systems, Virtual Community of Practice  

Domain(s) :

  Chemical sciences

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


Collaboratory for the Multi-scale Chemical Sciences (CMCS) will bring together leaders in scientific research and technological development across multiple DOE laboratories, other government laboratories, and academic institutions to develop an informatics-based approach to synthesizing multi-scale information to create knowledge in the chemical sciences. The CMCS will use advanced collaboration and metadata-based data management technologies to develop an MCS (Multi-scale Chemical Sciences) portal providing community communications mechanisms and data search and annotation capabilities. The portal will also provide capabilities for defining and browsing cross-scale dependencies between data produced at one scale that is used as input for computations at the next. Notification mechanisms will make both researchers and their applications aware of updated values of relevant information such as reaction rates. The CMCS and its MCS portal will provide mechanisms to enhance the coordination of research efforts across related sub-disciplines in the chemical sciences, focusing research at one scale on obtaining or refining values critical in the next, reducing work performed using limited or outdated values, and enhancing the ability of the community to meet the national research challenges of DOE.


Access to Instruments :

  Not Applicable  

Access to Information Resources :

  Shared document repository, Electronic notebook  

Access to People as Resources :

  Not Available  

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

Department of Energy (DOE)
Office of Science

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Communications Technology Used :

  Web-based poster session; web seminars; face-to-face meetings; see access to information resources

web-portal based on CHEF/Jetspeed

Technical Capabilities :

  Management of technical resources
Access control/login facilities
Remote launch of computation
Support for transition between synch and asynch
Directory of services/experts/resources, Workflow management
Asynchronous object sharing
Index/metadata, General search capability, Vetted knowledge based of multiple authors, Common file space
Asynchronous conversation
Web forms
Synchronous conversation
Instant messaging/chat
  Key Articles :  

Myers, J. D., Chappell, A. R., Elder, M. (2003). Re-integrating the research record Computing in Science & Engineering, May/June, 44-50.

Myers, J. D., Pancerella, C., Lansing, C., Schuchardt, K. L., & Didier, B. (2003). Multi-scale science: Supporting emerging practice with semantically derived provenance. CEUR Workshop Proceedings (Proceedings of the Workshop on Semantic Web Technologies for Searching and Retrieving Scientific Data), 83, n.p.. Retrieved December 16, 2003, from


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