The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Microbiome Data Collaborative (NMDC) is developing an open-access framework that facilitates more efficient use of microbiome data for applications in energy, environment, health, and agriculture. 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.
To tackle this data integration challenge, NMDC leverages DOE’s existing data-science resources and high-performance computing systems. The guiding principles at the initiative’s core are (1) making data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR); (2) connecting data and compute resources; and (3) community engagement that supports open science and shared ownership.
Capabilities being enabled by NMDC include: