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Data on Demand: Creating a Search Engine for Microbiome Sciences

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Data on Demand: Creating a Search Engine for Microbiome Sciences

Oct. 17, 2018
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The Hurwitz Lab makes extremely large data sets from a range of storage servers searchable to assist scientific discovery.

Scientists working on the Hawaii Ocean Time-series and Bermuda Atlantic Time-series programs have been making repeated observations of the physical, biological and chemical properties of the ocean since 1988. Now, thanks to the Hurwitz Lab at the University of Arizona, researchers around the world have greater access than ever before to the information collected at the remote ocean sites.

Led by Bonnie Hurwitz, assistant professor of biosystems engineering in the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Hurwitz Lab corrals big data sets into a more searchable form to help scientists study microorganisms – bacteria, fungi, algae, viruses, protozoa – and how they relate to each other, their hosts and the environment.

We're plumbers ... creating the pipelines between the world's oceanographic data sets."