Key Outcomes of Large-Scale Projects in the Global Metagenomics Initiative
enough depth of analysis to assess the variation within and between sites with precision.
The large-scale projects would be “virtual” centers. They would include scientists at many locations in the world to maximize the scientific diversity of the project team. Communication would be achieved by frequent meetings in person and by videoconference or other technology that becomes available during the course of the projects. The projects would probably need to be sustained for 10 years; so changes in personnel and participating institutions during a project’s lifetime would be expected.