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2017 Award Winner

The 2017 WDS Data Stewardship Award was won by

Dr Linhuan Wu
(Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the World Data Centre for Microorganisms [WDCM])

Dr Wu will be presented with the 2017 Award and a prize at SciDataCon 2018.


Dr Linhuan Wu is a young data scientist working at the Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and WDCM (WDS Regular Member). To improve the accuracy and efficiency of data sharing among the microbial community, Dr Wu has designed and established an international data standard system for microbial resources information management and data sharing, which provides a solution for international data exchange and cross-linking of knowledge from microbial resources to high-throughput omics data. At present, the standards system is being further developed to become an ISO standard project, and it will be the first ISO standard project in the field of microbial resources. 
As the team leader of the Global Catalogue of Microorganisms (GCM), Dr Wu has implemented the first uniform database management system for culture collections worldwide. The system greatly promotes global data sharing within the microbial community; especially, for culture collections from developing countries having relatively low Information Technology (IT) levels. GCM is now one of the largest data portals and knowledge bases, including from phenotype to omics data covering 112 culture collections from 43 countries and regions. It has also served as the database management system and online portal for several international networks, such as the Asian Consortium for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Microbial Resources, European Culture Collections' Organization, and others. The systematic data management and publication solution offered by GCM has greatly improved the interoperability of microbial knowledge and has advanced the access and use of microbial resources.
Dr Wu has demonstrated excellent innovative capacity for applying cutting-edge IT in the field of Microbiology; in particular, focussing on microbial data integration from different data formats and distributed data sources through the use of semantic web technology. She has also designed a system that incorporates cloud storage and cloud computing technologies to analyze high-throughput microbial omics data. Her work has considerably facilitated the integration and knowledge discovery of microbial data.
As a principal scientist of WDCM and the secretary of the former CODATA Advancing Informatics for Microbiology Task Group, Dr Wu is also actively involved in various community activities. She has organized a series of conferences and training courses on microbiological data sharing and platform construction, which have been attended by more than 50 scientists from 26 developing countries, and have greatly promoted the construction of microbiological data resources.