Oceanographic research expeditions provide a rich source of data, from next generation sequencing and microscopy, to physical and chemical environmental data, to better understand ocean processes and biodiversity. Once collection bottles and sensors emerge from the depths of the ocean, research teams work throughout the cruise, and many months after, processing each component of these complex data sets. As samples turn into diverse data types, subsequent data discovery, sharing, and synthesis becomes challenging. Data processing often separates data products from the environmental context present when the samples were collected at sea.

Planet Microbe is being iteratively designed as a federated resource of database connections to enable data discovery and open data sharing for historical and on-going oceanography and geobiology sequencing efforts. Planet Microbe will provide the community with a platform that integrates ‘omics data and analyses with any relevant contextual and environmental data available.

Phase 1:

Integrating Oceanographic Time Series

Phase 2

Interlinking Science Centers and Data Repositories

Phase 3

Incorporating EarthCube Projects

Phase 1

Integrating Oceanographic Time Series

We are developing an initial prototype for linking data from Hawai‘i Ocean Time-series (HOT) and Bermuda Atlantic Time Series (BATS), both of which produce extensive ‘omics data sets (soon to be available via iMicrobe), to oceanographic data currently available at BCO-DMO, as these projects are of great value to the broader science community. Linking these rich data sources will allow novel connections between data sets to be derived through automated distance-based algorithms and refined through collaborative hand-curation.