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BioWeatherMap At Active Research


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I gave a lightning talk at at RailsConf 2009 about

The BioWeatherMap initiative is a global, grassroots, distributed environmental sensing effort aimed at answering some very basic questions about the geographic and temporal distribution patterns of microbial life. Utilizing the power of high-throughput, low cost DNA sequencing and harnessing the drive of an enlightened public we propose a new collaborative research approach aimed at generating a steady stream of environmental samples from many geographic locations to produce high quality data for ongoing discovery and surveillance. Our approach will provide a unique opportunity to engage the public in the scientific research process while we address fundamental questions such as “How diverse is the microbial life around us?” and “How do microbial communities in different habitats change over time?” and “How can advanced sequencing technologies best be utilized to address issues in biodiversity, public health, and biosurveillance?”

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BioWeatherMap At Active Research

  1. 1. ActiveResearch 2009 Jason Morrison
  2. 2. Questions
  3. 3. How diverse is the microbial life around us?
  4. 4. How do microbial communities in different habitats change over time?
  5. 5. How can advanced sequencing technologies be applied to biodiversity, public health, and biosurveillance?
  6. 6. Let’s find out!
  7. 7. Step 1 of 7 Register
  8. 8. Step 2 of 7 Converge
  9. 9. Step 3 of 7 Collect
  10. 10. Step 4 of 7 Ship
  11. 11. Step 5 of 7 Sequence
  12. 12. Step 6 of 7 Publish
  13. 13. Step 7 of 7 Visualize
  14. 14. Code
  15. 15. Event organization
  16. 16. Data collection, publication, and annotation
  17. 17. Visualization showcase broad .mit.e du org se. efu .pr are fl
  18. 18. Conclusion
  19. 19. Current Progress
  20. 20. Summer 2009 Pilot 300-500 samples Boston * San Francisco New York City * Seattle Washington D.C. * Kenya
  21. 21. Jason Morrison, ActiveResearch 2009 Thank you!