April 15, 2017 (Vol. 37, No. 8)


Strong Points: Freely downloadable data
Weak Points: Few entries on discussion boards, no upcoming training events


The diversity of microbes is astonishing, and with each passing year it seems that new populations of microbes (like those comprising the gut microbiome) are being thrust into the scientific spotlight. To facilitate the study of microbes across diverse ecosystems, the iMicrobe website provides a data-sharing platform, an interactive data commons, and bioinformatics tools using the CyVerse computational infrastructure. Within the data commons, site visitors can browse or search the various projects contained within the database. Each project is accompanied by a project description, a list of samples, downloadable sequence data, and (in some cases) a map depicting the geographic origin of the project’s samples. A complete list of the publications associated with the projects is also available. From a publication listing, site visitors can quickly access the data of the corresponding research project.

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