EBI metagenomics--a new resource for the analysis and archiving of metagenomic data

Nucleic Acids Res. 2014 Jan;42(Database issue):D600-6. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkt961. Epub 2013 Oct 27.


Metagenomics is a relatively recently established but rapidly expanding field that uses high-throughput next-generation sequencing technologies to characterize the microbial communities inhabiting different ecosystems (including oceans, lakes, soil, tundra, plants and body sites). Metagenomics brings with it a number of challenges, including the management, analysis, storage and sharing of data. In response to these challenges, we have developed a new metagenomics resource (http://www.ebi.ac.uk/metagenomics/) that allows users to easily submit raw nucleotide reads for functional and taxonomic analysis by a state-of-the-art pipeline, and have them automatically stored (together with descriptive, standards-compliant metadata) in the European Nucleotide Archive.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Genetic*
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Internet
  • Metabolomics
  • Metagenomics*
  • Proteomics
  • Software