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Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Centre

Professor Nigel Mason is Professor of Physics in the Department of Physical Sciences in the Faculty of Science at The Open University.

Many research groups and institutes within the European Research Area (ERA) are playing a central role in the production of a vast range of atomic and molecular (AM) data, data that is of critical importance across a wide range of applications such as astrophysics, atmospheric physics, fusion, environmental sciences, and combustion chemistry and in industrial applications from plasmas to lighting. Through the auspices of this infrastructure the Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Centre (VAMDC) aims to build a secure, documented, flexible and interoperable e-science environment-based interface to the existing AM data. The VAMDC is built upon the expertise of existing AM databases, data producers and service providers with the specific aim of creating an infrastructure that is easily tuned to the requirements of a wide variety of users in academic, governmental, industrial or public communities both within and outside the European Research Area.

The project, funded by the European Commission, developed the core consortium, the development and deployment of the infrastructure and the development of interfaces to the existing AM databases as well as providing a forum for training potential users and dissemination of expertise across the ERA. The project is comprised of several collaborating institutions including: Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Cambridge University, Queens University, Belfast, UCL (University College London), and Uppsala University (Uppsala Universitet, UU).

Further information is available here on the VAMDC Consortium.