NMDC Community Conversations

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

Through this series, the NMDC team invited the broader research community 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.

You can still watch videos from the series – check out the below links!

Date Conversation Speakers Description
May 4th, 2022 11am PT



Accessing Microbiome Research Step by Step

Data Generation to  Analysis

NMDC Moderator: Julia Kelliher

Adam Rivers USDA

Matt Escobar, California State University, San Marcos  

Ivan Liachko, Phase Genomics 

Sara Bender, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation 

In this Community Conversation, the NMDC invites panelists who understand the barriers, such as cost, access to sequencing, computing power etc., to multi-omic research and how you, as a researcher, can overcome these barriers.


Shared Notes


April 6th, 2022 11am PT



How High Are Your Standards?

The importance of metadata standards for FAIR data creation

NMDC Moderator: Montana Smith

Mak A. Saito, Senior Scientist and Stanley Watson Chair at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry Office

Lynn Schriml, Associate Professor at University of Maryland School of Medicine & President of the Genomics Standards Consortium 

Shankar Subramaniam, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine

Scott Jackson, Leader of the Complex Microbial Systems Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 

In this Community Conversation you will learn what it looks like to contribute to community standards and the import of using these standards in your own work. 


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March 9th, 2022 11am PT


The True Potential of Citing Data

NMDC Moderator: Elisha Wood-Charlson

Chris Erdmann, Assistant Director of  Data Leadership & Data Steward for American Geophysical Union

Daniella Lowenberg, Senior Product Manager at California Digital Library

Michael D. L. Johnson, Assistant Professor Department of Immunobiology & the BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona

Liz Krznarich,  DataCite 

This Community Conversation will help our community understand the data citation landscape and increase awareness of best practices for getting and giving credit to data.


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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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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. 


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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 illustrates the importance of supporting multiple modes of community engagement, and highlights the role of the most involved community members, in maintaining, growing, and evolving scientific communities and their core activities.


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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. 


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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. 


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