SUP@VAMDC (2012 - 2014)

SUP@VAMDC (2012 - 2014)


Atomic and molecular (A+M) data are critical for a range of applications such as astrophysics, atmospheric physics, fusion, environmental sciences, combustion chemistry, health and clinical science including radiotherapy. They underpin industries ranging from technological plasmas to lighting. The Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Centre (VAMDC) is a major new European initiative that has built a unified, secure, documented, flexible and interoperable e-science environment-based interface to 24 existing A+M databases.

SUP@VAMDC will coordinate collaborative studies and provide the supporting procedures that will develop a global e-infrastructure for the assembly, curation and access to A+M data. It will adopt and adapt VAMDC protocols to include further A+M databases and networks pathways by which common policies may be developed for an open science version of VAMDC that will extend its availability to new audiences such as schools, students, citizens and industry.

SUP@VAMDC is supported by EU in the framework of the "Research Infrastructures - FP7 - INFRA-2012-3.3 - Scientific Data Infrastructures" initiative.


  • Provide operational, legal and technological support for studies aimed at developing a sustainable open scientific data e-infrastructure in Atomic and Molecular Data.
  • Provide support and the medium for inclusion of authentication, authorization and accounting as well as licensing and tools within the VAMDC brand.
  • Promote and fashion future interoperability (technical, semantic, reference architecture, etc)across the A+M community through promotion, monitoring and adoption of common standards.
  • Implement a programme of dissemination to raise the visibility of the VAMDC e-infrastructure to new audiences such as other disciplines, which could use the VAMDC e-infrastructure in their own scientific endeavours as well as students and citizen-scientists.
  • Develop a globally connected and interoperable VAMDC e-infrastructures between the EU and the rest of the world, including Brazil, South Africa, Asia, Australia, USA, through hosting workshops and supporting dialogue between synergistic structures.
  • Analyze and evaluate possible business models for supporting an open science model (OPEN VAMDC) while assessing which model(s) can provide financial sustainability for VAMDC itself.


  • A worldwide open science e-infrastructure based on an international consortium of atomic and molecular databases providers linked by international agreements and common policies by which A+M data providers present and curate their data.
  • A worldwide e-infrastructure impacting A+M Users : Astrochemistry and Planetary Sciences, Atmospheric Science,Fusion Energy Research, Lighting and Plasmas technologies, Radiation Sciences.
  • A worldwide e-infrastructure with a wide public outreach impacting industrial and commercial partners, citizen science and education.
  • Develop a roadmap to establish an accessible worldwide Open Science e-infrastructure constructed and operated by an international consortium of A+M database and service providers.


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