VMAP understands that the standards and methods need to be supported continually and hence the project will establish an open and vendor-neutral ‘Material Data Exchange Interface Standard’ community that will provide best-practice guidelines for the community and will ensure that standardisation efforts continue into the future.
This community will be open to any interested software vendor, research group, and industrial end-user. However, initially the members of the VMAP project will form the initial “VMAP Standardisation Board” and define the rules for further memberships, communication, etc. The group will be completely transparent to its members and the public.
The operation of the group must be non-profit and all essential results should be made public. Members should try to participate at workshops/conferences to help spread the VMAP technology.