An open and integrative data science system

Introducing the National Microbiome Data Collaborative (NMDC), an initiative that empowers the research community to more effectively harness microbiome data.

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Building a world where data are FAIR

Over the past few decades, microbiome data have grown exponentially. However, the sheer amount of data available presents a significant bottleneck for analysis and interpretation. The NMDC makes these data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR) by:

Addressing fundamental roadblocks

Addressing fundamental roadblocks

in microbiome data science

Generating integrated data

Generating integrated data

for existing analytical and visualization platforms

Leveraging existing ontologies

Leveraging existing ontologies

to further data curation best practices

Engaging researchers

Engaging researchers

to ensure deliverable meets the needs of the community


biological paradigms and ecosystem phenomena derived from integrated omics surveys, combined with biochemical and biophysical measurements.


biological complexity of microbial metabolism and its impact across scales, from individual cells to ecosystems.

Opportunities for breakthrough discoveries

The field is now poised to overcome important challenges in microbiome data science.


initial links between genotype and phenotype in diverse microbes and in communities of organisms that interact.


physical, chemical, and genetic factors that mediate interorganismal interactions at local and ecosystem scales.


linkages between microbiome dynamics and ecosystem processes through integrating molecular and process measurements at ecologically-relevant scales.


exploration of the role and interactions of host-associated microbes.

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