Confluence Retirement

Due to the feedback from stakeholders and our commitment to not adversely impact USGS science activities that Confluence supports, we are extending the migration deadline to January 2023.

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The representatives for DOI on the MIWG were Christina Kellogg (USGS Research Microbiologist) and Camille Hopkins (USGS Wildlife Disease Coordinator, Ecosystems Mission Area). The goal of the MIWG was to produce a Federal Strategic Plan for microbiome research. Some of you may remember a Google form survey we sent out to capture the breadth of microbiome projects occurring across USGS, so we could make sure that breadth was represented in this plan. The plan was drafted in November and December 2016 and unfortunately ran up against the departure of most of the Office of Science and Technology Policy staff due to the administration change. Unable to move forward with releasing the document as a formal product of the National Science and Technology Council, the MIWG group decided to move forward with releasing it as an interagency report so that the work would not be lost. The goal was to release it in early January 2018, but it is still working its way through agency clearance (each agency has its own process). We're hopeful it will be pubic by March 2018.UPDATE: The report was released April 20, 2018 and can be found here:

Wanting to take advantage of the NMI and MIWG momentum within USGS, Camille and Chris decided to compile a fact sheet that highlighted examples of USGS microbiome research. This came out in September 2017: