The National Microbiome Data Collaborative is a new initiative focused on making microbiome data FAIR – findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. Initially, the NMDC is working with the environmental microbiome community to standardize genomic, proteomic, and metabolomic data from environmental samples. Microbes are key drivers of nutrient cycling, which directly impact the Earth sciences. Building stronger collaborations between Earth sciences and environmental microbiology, especially in support of FAIR data, is a top goal for the NMDC. We are also keen to diversify our community and reach beyond the DOE. Partnering with ESIP would provide another avenue to strengthen NMD than our existing collaborations with NASA, NOAA, and USGS, as well as NSF and other key agencies already engaged with ESIP.

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Year Joined: 2021


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