Planet Microbe, a NSF EarthCube Building Block (1 Sep 2017, 3yrs), arose from workshop conversations, mostly focused on cyberinfrastructure challenges, organized by the EarthCube Oceanography and Geobiology Environmental ‘Omics (ECOGEO) Research Coordination Network.
Planet Microbe is designed with an iterative development plan (full project summary in Planet Microbe Trellis Library), and the funding allows Dr. Bonnie Hurwitz’s development team at iMicrobe to work on some of the key cyberinfrastructure challenges from those community conversations including:
- Data discovery
- Data sharing
- Access to tools for analysis and visualization
- HPC resources
Finally, if you like to think across microbiomes, we also recommend joining the National Microbiome Data Collaborative Trellis Group. The NMDC group is exploring ways to further integrate databases, analytics, and data sharing across diverse science domains, and is working in parallel on similar problems in metagenomics and microbiome science. Updates will be shared via their Trellis site, a place where community feedback and ideas are encouraged.
Please share this news with your collaborators and reach out if you have any Qs. Otherwise, see you on Twitter and Trellis!