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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 is creating an open science environment characterized by rapid data release, continuous community engagement, and fully reproducible data science. Our overarching goal is to reach researchers and students promptly and to establish transparency in our scientific process.

Open science commitments: 

  1. All raw data, metadata, and data products generated via C-CoMP will be well described to encourage re-use and deposited in accessible, online repositories and/or made available online. We have included specific details in our Data Policy. The C-CoMP Program Page in the Biological and Chemical Data Management Office (BCO-DMO) hosts metadata and data generated for C-CoMP Projects. 
  2. Hardened software will be accessible at Github and Zenodo and fully reproducible bioinformatics pipelines will be shared using Docker containers and Jupyter notebooks for platform independence and ease-of-use.
  3. C-CoMP will encourage faculty members and students to publish open access articles and to submit their manuscripts to pre-print servers (e.g. bioRxiv).


Communication is critical for the successful transfer of knowledge from C-CoMP to stakeholders in science, education, industry, and policy. C-CoMP has plans to organize and host workshops on a variety topics including science, data management, tool development, and ocean policy. Additionally, C-CoMP maintains a Twitter account (@MicrobialPlanet) to communicate announcements, new results, and available datasets to the public. By establishing frequent and open communications with stakeholders, C-CoMP will benefit from community exchange, create networking opportunities for young scientists, and forge 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. You can read about the other endorsements here.