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    Online Access to Worldwide Sources of Materials Performance Data--1991 Update on the Materials Property Data Network (MPD Network)

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    The National Materials Property Data Network, Inc., or MPD Network, is a not-for-profit service for the international engineering and material science communities with the mission of providing single-point online access to reliable performance data for materials and for joints in those materials. MPD Network is the result of a cooperative approach to answering the critical need for better access to numeric/factual data that is being carried forward in association with a number of technical societies, government laboratories, universities, and more than 50 sponsors from private industry.

    The MPD Network features direct access to numeric and factual databases, easy-to-use software for the occasional, non-professional searcher, and a metadata system to aid in dealing with the varied terminology, materials nomenclature, units, and abbreviations typical of this field. Users may download information to whatever PC, CD-ROM, or mainframe data management systems they employ in their internal system.

    A pilot MPD Network system was developed in 1986–1988 in a joint program with the National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST), formerly the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), the Department of Energy (DOE), Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories (LBL), and Stanford University based upon the NIST technology and was used as the research system and for obtaining user feedback. The production MPD Network began operations in January 1991, on STN International, the worldwide scientific and technical information network.

    The major features of the MPD Network system are • Direct access to numeric material property databases • Single point access to many sources • User-oriented menu interface to help you locate specific data • Integrated thesaurus to help deal with confusing terminology and nomenclature • Integrated directory of additional material property databases

    This update includes background material on the types of data and databases included on the MPD Network and on the menu interface that makes the system useful to end-user engineers and scientists.


    materials, properties, database, network, online, MPD Network, numeric

    Author Information:

    Kaufman, JG
    President, National Materials Property Data Network, Inc., Columbus, Ohio

    Committee/Subcommittee: E49.01

    DOI: 10.1520/STP23739S