Microbial data resources and bioinformatics

Abstract:

Microbes play a key role in the material cycles of Earth. Many industries—biomedical, agricultural, food, environmental and most recently, energy—have been created based on the different functions of microbes.

The developments in the past decade have been even greater than the report foresaw.

Since 2001, the observational data of biodiversity have increased very much, sequence data have increased explosively and the capabilities and uses of information technologies have expanded greatly. Therefore, microbiology has also become a data science.

BRCs also have to function as data and information repositories to serve academia, industry and the public.

In the age of microbial data diversification and explosion, this session would focus on researches and efforts on developing an effective information environment that promotes and sustains microbial research data activities, sharing and use to help advance progress and bridge the gaps within and outside the microbiology communities.

One of the most serious bottlenecks in biomedical sciences is the need to integrate data from different sources. Data generated from biomedical research are increasingly complex, diverse, and vast.

Transforming the data into new knowledge becomes more and more challenging, which often requires collaborations and data sharing among scientists cross different disciplines.

Knowledge transformation that may lead to new diagnostic techniques and therapies holds the key to the success of translational medicine. But the process of such transformation is not clear and hindered by many technical obstacles and social problems related to data sharing, data integration, and open source policies.

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