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Commentary: The need for metadata standards for microbe sampling in the built environment

MIxS-BE: a MIxS extension defining a minimum information standard for sequence data from the built environment

Authors: Elizabeth M Glass, Yekaterina Dribinsky, Pelin Yilmaz, Hal Levin, Robert Van Pelt,
Doug Wendel, Andreas Wilke, Jonathan A Eisen, Sue Huse, Anna Shipanova, Mitch Sogin,
Jason Stajich, Rob Knight, Folker Meyer and Lynn M Schriml.

The composition of indoor microbial communities has the potential to profoundly affect human health. A number of factors within a building or room can alter the microbial abundance and diversity, such as occupancy, temperature and humidity, which in
turn impacts indoor air quality. Researchers Hospodsky et al. (2012); Kembel et al. (2012) and Dunn et al. (2013) are exploring the intersection of microbial ecology, building materials and architectural design to understand microbial diversity and abundance within a building. Metadata (data describing data) provides an essential complement to experimental data, helping to answer questions about its source, mode of collection and reliability.

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