NMDC Community Conversations

Bringing together members of the scientific community to connect, discuss, and advance microbiome data science.

We’re excited to announce our launch of the NMDC Community Conversations Series! Through this series, the NMDC team invites the broader research community to join us to learn about the breadth of NMDC program activities and partnerships, engage in lively conversations with the NMDC team, and contribute feedback and ideas to inform the future directions of the NMDC.

Stay tuned as we continue to build out the series for the rest of 2022. 

Date Conversation Speakers Description
Oct 6, 2021, 11am PT


Setting Up for Success: The Importance of a Data Management Plan

NMDC Moderator: Karen Davenport 

Maria Praetzellis, California Digital Libraries

Marisa Rudolph, NMDC

Jointly sponsored by California Digital Library’s DMPTool, this conversation will showcase how creating robust data management plans is a vital first step in developing FAIR data. 


Shared Notes

Nov 3, 2021, 11am PT

Making Ontologies Work for Microbiome Research

NMDC Moderator: Chris Mungall

Kai Blumberg, Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 

Ramona Walls, Critical Path Institute

Thomas Sharpton, Oregon State University

A panel of experts will discuss the power of ontologies and how to build quality bidirectional relationships between biologists and ontologists to maximize the usability of ontologies. 


Shared Notes

Dec 1, 2021, 11am PT


Developing Data Science Resources in Partnership with Scientific Communities

NMDC Moderator: Pajau Vangay

Alycia Crall, The Carpentries

Zoe Leanza, Sage Bionetworks

Claire Stirm, Science Gateways Community Institute

Lou Woodley, Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement

In this webinar, the Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement will illustrate the importance of supporting multiple modes of community engagement, and highlight the role of the most involved community members, in maintaining, growing, and evolving scientific communities and their core activities.


Shared Notes

Jan 12, 2022, 11am PT


Flowing into Shared Data: Advantages and disadvantages of easily distributable containerized open source bioinformatics workflows

NMDC Moderators: Patrick Chain & Kjiersten Fagnan

Alicia Clum, Genome Assembly & Analysis Group at the Joint Genome Institute

Kyle Chard, Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago

Steve Tsang, Office of Data Science and Emerging Technologies at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Danny Park, Group Leader for Viral Computational Genomics at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard



A panelist of experts will discuss the advantages of containerization and open source tools for computing. 


Shared Notes

Feb 2nd, 2022, 11am PT


Enabling shared ownership of science gateways with user-centered design

NMDC Moderator: Pajau Vangay

Paul Parsons, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Graphics, Purdue University

Linda Setchell, Director of Product, Katmai

Sarah O’Connor, CoRIS Operations Manager, NOAA

Ilya Zaslavsky, Director of Spatial Information Systems Laboratory, UCSD, Data Discovery Studio & GeoACT

This Community Conversation will focus on how a user centered design approach enables successful development of science gateways.

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