A formal framework for microbial biotechnology to manage and manipulate strains, samples, knowledge, data and metadata is still lacking. The Design - Build - Test - Learn (DBTL) cycle provides a conceptual framework for the development of tailor-made microbes and biological systems. The ELIXIR Microbial Community takes the DBTL cycle as a starting point for defining its four key objectives.
This implementation study builds upon the F1000 position paper for the Microbial Community and will revolve around three core, closely intertwined activities: Enzymes, Models and Ontologies & Workflows. All are embedded in a Training framework and relate directly to the Platforms Data, Tools, Interoperability and Training.