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NANOPOLIS: An Infrastructure for Communication in the Nanotech World

D. Bog and F. Ciontu
iMediasoft Group, FR

Keywords: NANOPOLIS, distributed knowledge network, virtual representation space, synchrotron light, neutrons, nanotechnology, education, industry, communication patterns, software infrastructure, collaborative environment, multimedia encyclopaedia

Nanopolis is a distributed knowledge network aiming at transposing today's knowledge on matter exploration at the atomic scale into a virtual representation space. The project is focused on mitigating the impact of some of the challenges characteristic to nanotechnology by stimulating new communication patterns between the actors of the nanotech world. Nanopolis is acting in this direction by means of two components: - a software infrastructure allowing researchers, industrialists and teachers world-wide to interact in a collaborative environment - content destined to provide insight into the main concepts of nanotechnology and their interplay This content structured as a three-volume multimedia encyclopaedia. The first two volumes are focused on the most frequently used tools for matter exploration at the atomic scale: synchrotron light and neutrons. The third volume is focused on nanotechnology. The international consortium participating to Nanopolis is composed of a plethora of leading research institutes: ''European Synchrotron Radiation Facility'', American Photon Source (USA), Canadian Light Source, Soleil Synchrotron (Fra), SPRING 8 (Jap), European Institute Laue-Langevin, ISIS (UK), Los Alamos National Scientific Centre (USA), Jülich Forshungszentrum (Ger), LLB-CEA (Fra) and GKSS (Ger) and many others, the list increasing permanently. More than communicating the nanoworld knowledge by means of multimedia representations, Nanopolis is a virtual space mirroring the evolution of nanotech research and integrating it with education and industry.

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