Physical Sciences Data Infrastructure

An Integrated Data Infrastructure for the Physical Sciences

PSDI aims to accelerate research in the physical sciences by providing a data infrastructure that brings together and builds upon the various data systems researchers currently use.

Connecting Digital Research Infrastructures for the Physical Sciences

The aim of PSDI is to enable researchers in the physical sciences to handle data more easily by connecting the different data infrastructures they use. PSDI will connect and enhance existing infrastructure in Physical Sciences.

Through PSDI researchers will be able to:

  • Find and Access to reference quality data from commercial and open sources
  • Combine data from different sources
  • Share data, software and models including experimental and simulation data
  • Use AI to explore data
  • Learn how to make the results of their research open and FAIR

We are currently undertaking a phase of work from October 2022 – September 2023. You can find out more about this on our Current Work pages. This builds on the work undertaken in the PSDI pilot phase, which ran from November 2021 – March 2022.

In this pilot phase we undertook community engagement, scoping and design work and as an output of the pilot work we produced a series of recommendations.

PSDI Pilot Project


Current Work

If you want to find out more or get involved in the design of PSDI please sign up to our mailing list or get in touch.

Our team

Samantha Pearman-Kanza

Samantha Pearman-Kanza

Position - Pathfinder 2 Lead

Samantha is a senior enterprise fellow at the University of Southampton.  She takes the lead on PF2 - Process Recording.

Vasily Bunakov

Vasily Bunakov

Position - Work Package 3 Lead

Vasily is a Researcher in the Scientific Computing Department at STFC.  Vasily takes the lead on the technical development in WP3 - Platform Development and Operation.

Barbara Montanari

Barbara Montanari

Position - Work Package 5 Lead

Barbara Montanari is Head of Computational Science and Engineering Division at STFC and Director of the Computational Science Centre for Research Communities (CoSeC). Barbara takes the lead on our future pathfinders work package.

Keep up to date

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The latest Update:

Presenting at Lab Innovations

On All Hallows Eve 2023, Dr Samantha Pearman-Kanza braved the dark and ghostly motorways to drive up to the Lab Innovations Conference & Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham. This was her first time attending since 2019, and it was very interesting to see how much this event had grown, and what had changed in the lab sphere. 

The latest Newsletter:

PSDI Updates: August 2023

This is the PSDI update newsletter for August 2023. In this newsletter you can find information about upcoming talks from PSDI and links to the recordings of our previous webinars


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