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The MetaSUB International Consortium and the Scientific Programme Committee of the Conference on the Critical Assessment of Massive Data Analysis (CAMDA) are pleased to announce their collaboration on the first inter-city analyses of urban microbiomes. CAMDA focuses on one of the grand challenges of our time, which is the harnessing of Big Data in the biological sciences. The interpretation of large data sets is now one of the scientific key techniques in the post genomic era. The data analysis bottleneck limits genome scale experiments in providing new biomedical insights at a larger scale. The increasing need to analyze massive data sets is further accelerated by the rapid output of high throughput sequencing technologies and the increasing size of biomedical studies. As such, CAMDA aims to introduce novel approaches and solutions to the Big Data problem and present emerging techniques in the field of bioinformatics, data analysis, and statistics for handling and processing challenging large data sets. By discussing cutting-edge problems and opportunities, the conference offers researchers from a wide range of fields a unique opportunity to benefit from a critical comparative evaluation of approaches to exploiting Big Data in the life-sciences.

Two vibrant communities join forces to coordinate the first comparative analysis of urban microbiomes across cities. These first integrative / comparative studies will build on an early release of New York City, Boston, and Sacramento exclusive to MetaSUB and CAMDA. Further data contributors may join throughout January 2017 with full credits/co-authorship. Researchers worldwide are now invited to meet the CAMDA Challenge, crowd-sourcing inter-disciplinary analysis innovation.

The back-to-back MetaSUB and CAMDA@ISMB conferences in July 2017 provide joint venues for sharing and discussing first integrative / comparative results, including a route to co-ordinated publication of these, aiming for September 2017. To maximize the benefits of this collaborative exploration all integrative / comparative analyses based on consortium data will be published as part of this strategic collaboration framework. The 16th CAMDA conference sessions will be held in Prague, Czechia (Czech Republik), from Saturday, July 22 through Sunday, July 23, 2017. As in recent years, CAMDA runs in collaboration with the Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB), which coincides with the European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB) this year.