The mARS Vision
For a description of the vision for this community resource, please go to http://mars.biodiversity.aq/site_pages/vision. The main idea though is that we have set up a community-driven website/database in which
(i) microbial scientists with environmental data and DNA sequence data can register their projects (whether just beginning, in the middle, or in final stages of completion),
(ii) your study sites will be indicated on a circumpolar map (YES! We are finally creating a place to geo-reference your microbial data sets),
(iii) you can enter relevant environmental, contextual, physiochemical data that follows the MiMarks standard used across our community globally for data sharing, and you can enter information concerning your polar DNA sequence data sets (for marker genes like 16S or 18S rRNA genes, metagenome or metatranscriptome projects) and link to the public repository where they are stored.