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Small Business Innovation Research effort produces an object-based data repository for materials characterization information.

A team of scientists, engineers, and developers from AFRL and RJ Lee Group, Inc., recently completed functional prototype development of the Materials Knowledge Base (MKB), an object-based data repository for laboratory materials characterization information. Constructed as part of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract, MKB demonstrates enormous potential to affect the way data collection, processing, storage, and sharing occurs. The prototype knowledge base and data management system supports AFRL's aerospace materials research and development efforts, paving the way for unprecedented project collaboration and data accessibility that the development team believes will revolutionize the way AFRL scientists and engineers collect, process, store, and share materialsrelated data.

ImageAdvanced Air Force (AF) programs and requirements are the impetus spurring new materials development. Information management techniques that improve the availability and dissemination of materials-related data are an avenue for satisfying this accelerated development pace. RJ Lee Group, in conjunction with AFRL materials scientists, proactively pursued the integration of applicable information technologies throughout the project. The technical objective of the initial, Phase I SBIR effort was to develop a proof-of-concept product using actual data from the lab's carbon foam research results. During the more recently concluded Phase II project, RJ Lee Group created a

functional prototype for use at AFRL.