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Introduction
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This documentation is for the nomad software. This software can be used to
store, processing, and manage (computational)
material science data. It comprises a set of services and libraries that is
refered to as the *nomad infrastructure*.
The original nomad software was was developed as part of the
NOMAD-coe project (refered to as NOMAD-coe). This software nomad@FAIR
or just nomad is part of the FAIRDE.eu innitiative.
**NOvel Materials Discorvery (NOMAD)** comprises storage, processing, management, discovery, and
analytics of computational material science data from over 40 comminity *codes*.
The original NOMAD software, developed by the
[NOMAD-coe](http://nomad-coe.eu) project, is used to host over 50 million total energy
calculations in a single central infrastructure instances that offers a variaty
of services (repository, archive, encyclopedia, analytics, visualization).
This is the documentation of **nomad@FAIR**, the Open-Source continuation of the
original NOMAD-coe software that reconsiles the original code base,
integrate it's services,
allows 3rd parties to run individual and federated instance of the nomad infrastructure,
provides nomad to other material science domains, and applies the FAIR principles
as prolifirated by the (FAIR Data Infrastructure e.V.)[http://fairdi.eu].
There are different use-modes for the nomad software, but the most common use is
to run the nomad infrastructure on a cloud and provide clients access to
web-based GUIs and REST APIs. This nomad infrastructure logically comprises the
*nomad repository* for uploading, searching, and downloading raw calculation output
from most relevant computionational material science codes. A second part of nomad
is the archive. It allows to access all uploaded data in a common data format
via a data schema called *meta-info* that includes common and code specific
specifications of structured data. Further services are available from
*nomad repository* for uploading, searching, and downloading raw calculation input and output
from all relevant computionational material science codes. A second part of nomad
is the *archive*. It provides all uploaded data in a common data format
called *meta-info* and includes common and code specific
schemas for structured data. Further services are available from
(nomad-coe.eu)[http://nomad-coe.eu], e.g. the *nomad encyclopedia*, *analytics toolkit*,
and *advanced graphics*.
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