Will be headed to this meeting organized by IBM next week:
Almaden Institute 2014: Sequence the City -Metagenomics in the Era of Big Data.
Not 100% sure where the whole thing is going but IBM has become interested in the informatics and big data aspects of the microbial ecology of urban & built environments. And for that I am glad. I am hoping to convince them to try and tackle a town as a model system before moving on to cities or Cities. You know, maybe a place like Davis, CA.