Advancing microbiome science, together.
With the goal of enabling a shared ownership of multidisciplinary microbiome data, the NMDC is working to establish support for open science and FAIR data across research teams, funders, publishers, and societies. We aim to achieve a sustainability plan that reflects the aspirations articulated in the Interagency Strategic Plan for Microbiome Research, and the inherent collaborative nature of microbiome research.
The NMDC seeks to empower the broader research community to engage with and participate in the data curation, discovery, and analysis process, by:
- Hosting community data curation jamborees
- Hosting meta-analyses data challenges
- Engaging with and collecting continuous UI/UX feedback from the community at conferences
The NMDC community includes everyone working in, on, and around microbiome data. The cross-cutting nature of microbiome research, from environmental sciences, agriculture, and energy, to human, natural, and built environments, creates a diverse community united by a common challenge – the need for seamless data discovery, exploration, and access. In order to develop inclusive solutions to address this common challenge, the NMDC will work closely with each community to learn and better understand specific needs and questions being explored across the diverse array of microbiome research.
An NMDC Collaborator is anyone that has contributed data to the NMDC and/or cited data that was discovered, explored, and accessed through the NMDC.
Phase I pilot:
- The NMDC is working with a subset of Principal Investigators (PIs) with Facilities Integrating Collaborations for User Science (FICUS) projects that include data sets from the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL).
- The NMDC is targeting these data sets initially because the samples have produced multi-omics data that are already publicly available, and were processed through User Facility standard operating procedures, allowing them to be comparable across projects, where relevant.
NMDC Champions are individuals who are excited about the NMDC, willing to share their enthusiasm with others, and want to be involved beyond just being a future NMDC Collaborator. Champions are people who are proud of well-curated data and want microbiome data to be findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR).
Meet our current NMDC Champions. These Champions are stewards of good data. They understand and appreciate the value of well-curated data, and are willing to advocate for the importance of FAIR microbiome data while also practicing data management best practices themselves.
Benefits of being an NMDC Champion
- The NMDC promotes the work of Champions when that work advocates for NMDC-compliant microbiome data sets. The NMDC will feature the work of Champions on the NMDC news website and social media, and will proudly display their photo and short bio on the NMDC Champions page.
- NMDC Champions who have been active for a year are eligible to self-nominate to the NMDC Ambassador program.
Funders – under development
A long-term goal of the NMDC is to become integrated in the data management plans of proposals across government agencies and philanthropic funders that support microbiome research.
Publishers – under development
The NMDC aims to lower the barriers in connecting data with journals by ensuring that data sets are assigned Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs). Phase I NMDC data sets will be assigned DOIs through the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), with the goal that data sets in Phase II and beyond will support other data identification services.
Scientific Societies – under development
Through partnering with professional organizations, the NMDC has the opportunity to reach a broad array of researchers, educators, policymakers, and industry collaborators in the microbiome sciences.