Our goal is to provide a free computer package to construct, view and analyse atomic structures, as powerful and simple to use as possible.

We believe that open societies, where knowledge is shared and discussed, promote innovation and justice, freedom and intelligence, and ultimately better individuals and stronger economies. From Galileu, Descartes and Newton, to Darwin, Faraday and Einstein, the development of Science has been always based in the open discussion, in the unrestricted exchange of information. Unfortunately, recent changes in the trends governing intellectual and industrial knowledge have modified considerably this panorama, and knowledge is becoming more and more something that can be owned and restricted from the general public.

We are thus developing GAMGI - General Atomistic Modelling Graphic Interface, a computer package that can be inspected, modified, distributed and even included in other programs, according to the terms of the GPL license. Physical Science students can investigate the code to study the mathematical, physical and chemical algorithms implemented in GAMGI. Computer Science students can study the code to learn how to design the architecture, the data infrastructure, and the flux of information of a big application, involving very different technologies. As the code is free, GAMGI can be installed in any computer, can be recompiled when the operating system changes, can be copied as many times as wished, can be immediately investigated and hopefully corrected when bugs are found. Users should see GAMGI as a common project, something that belongs to the whole community, to which they are invited to contribute, if they wish so.

GAMGI aims to be useful for: 1) the scientific community working in Atomistic Modelling, that needs a graphic interface to build input data and to view and analyse output data, calculated with Ab-Initio and Molecular Mechanics programs; 2) the scientific community at large, studying Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Geology, etc., that needs a graphic interface to view and analyse atomic structural information and to prepare images for presentations in classes and seminars; 3) teaching chemistry and physics in secondary schools and universities, even inviting students to install and run GAMGI at home; 4) science promotion, in schools, exhibitions and science museums.