Bulletin of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Chinese Version)


microorganism resources; microorganism big data; big data platform; strategic resource

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Microorganism resources and microorganism big data are national important strategic resources, material base for human survival and development, and great source of innovation of biotechnology. Opening and sharing of microorganism resources and data are of great significance for development and utilization of microorganism resources. The big data platform of Global Catalogue of Microorganisms (GCM) constructed by World Data Center for Microorganisms (WDCM) records physical resource information data of 400 000 strains of microbes collected by 120 international microbial resource centers in 46 countries, offering microbial strains resource information service to the scientific, technological, and industrial circles all over the world in the form of unified data portal. It fully participates in formulation of international microorganism data standards, and provides important supports for Nagoya Protocol and its implementation in microorganism field. On this basis, WDCM initiated the international microbial genome and microbiome sequencing project in 2017 to realize the transition from microbial resource data to sharing and utilization of physical microbial resources. It is hoped to promote the development of biological big data industry, further drive implementation of Chinese microbiome project, play a leading role in international microbiome project, and raise our voice in the microorganism field through the big data platform for microorganism.

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