This is a Guest Post from Lynn Schriml.
The MIxS-BE metadata package was presented on March 7, 2012, as part of the Microbiology of the Built Environment session sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation at GSC13 in Shenzhen, China.
The Sloan Foundation has established the Microbiology of the Built
Environment (BE) to uncover the complexity of microbial ecosystems of inside spaces. Bringing together researchers, architects and engineers, the Microbiome of the Built Environment Data Analysis Core (MoBeDAC, Folker Meyer PI) is developing and coordinating a cohesive representation of the microbial community in built environments. MoBeDAC (http://mobedac.org/) has established a working group, led by Elizabeth Glass and Lynn Schriml, to expand the GSC MIxS standard for microbial sequences collected from built environments.
The initial MIxS-BE metadata package represents a minimal metadata description of the built environment to be collected and reported for each sequenced sample. The MIxS-BE package includes core terms for surface material, humidity, temperature, moisture and occupancy type along with specific metadata terms describing the indoor air, building and sample properties. Samples collected, sequenced and annotated with MIxS-BE metatdata from waste-water, air filters, air and surfaces of indoor spaces provides a rigorous and structured tool for analysis of microbial sequences and ecosystems of the indoor and outdoor environments.
The MIxS-BE package is being expanded to comprise a full representation of all metadata describing the building, building materials, samples, building environment, and occupants.