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Knowledge Transfer

At C-CoMP, knowledge transfer is accomplished through 1) creating and maintaining an open science environment, 2) communicating scientific and educational outcomes to stakeholders, and 3) forming partnerships in science, industry, and policy. 

Open Science

Open science is a central focus of C-CoMP, representing our most effective avenue for transferring knowledge to stakeholders and forming policy partnerships.

C-CoMP formally adopted this Open Science Policy (V1) at our all-Center meeting in October 2022 after several rounds of drafting and feedback solicitation. We will re-visit and revise this policy as needed as the Center ages. 

We have also created this 'living' C-CoMP Data Management Handbook (opens in new window) to support C-CoMP's open science policy and provide efficient, data stream dependent instructions for storing, organizing, naming, and submitting data to publicly accessible repositories. We strive to keep it updated over time. We are sharing this handbook as a community resource to describe C-CoMP's data management and open science efforts and guide other efforts to support interdisciplinary data management and sharing.


Communication is critical for the successful transfer of knowledge from C-CoMP to stakeholders in science, education, industry, and policy. C-CoMP is planing to organize and host workshops on a variety topics including science, data management, tool development, and ocean policy. Additionally, C-CoMP maintains a X account (@MicrobialPlanet) to share announcements, blog posts, new results, and available datasets with the public. By establishing frequent and open communications with stakeholders, C-CoMP is benefiting from community exchange, creating networking opportunities for young scientists, and forging new collaborations.

Partnerships and Endorsements

C-CoMP works closely with the Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO) and the Ocean Protein Portal (OPP). BCO-DMO hosts metadata and data for C-CoMP projects and provide links to associated data stored in domain repositories on the C-CoMP Program Page. Proteomics data generated by C-CoMP will be ported into the Ocean Protein Portal, a data sharing and exploration platform for ocean proteomics data.

C-CoMP is also working closely on integrated science and education programs with Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and the Bermuda Atlantic Times-Series Study (BATS). As C-CoMP grows, we look forward to forming more partnerships in education, science, industry, and policy.

C-CoMP has been endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an Ocean Decade Contribution (WHOI Press Release)! With this endorsement, C-CoMP joins the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development to promote a deeper understanding of the chemicals and microbial processes that underpin ocean ecosystems. List of Ocean Decade June 2022 endorsements.