Part 1 - An invitation to fill in the survey

ZonMw (the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development) invites you, on behalf of JPIAMR and the recently started consortium VALUE-Dx, to take part in a survey on resources (collections of biological material and databases) that are relevant for AMR research. In parallel, we set out to collect information about services that are provided by research infrastructures and some biobanks.

This invitation is addressed to owners / custodians, and researchers or other contributors to resources and services, including AMR-related research laboratories, institutes, reference laboratories/centres, infrastructures and networks.
Why should you participate?
By participating in this survey, you are contributing to closing the current gap of information, and establishing a strong basis for AMR research.

The AMR research community is eager to gain better and accurate knowledge about resources and services available in the field, where to find them, how they compare to one another, and to assess their fitness for reuse in new research. Moreover, researchers need information to contact the owner or custodian of such resources to make arrangements for sharing them.

As the survey is initiated by a large network of active AMR researchers, participation may also open up opportunities for future collaboration, publications, and research funding. Finally, you will get first-hand information from the report that will be constructed from this survey.
Aim & Ambition of the survey
The aim is to get an overview of existing resources and services that are relevant for AMR research, forming a central source of information about former as well as future research. Our ambition is to improve their findability and reusability, and thereby their sustainability. The AMR research community will benefit from this initiative, as it will expand options for innovative research. In turn, this may result in new strategies to tackle the global challenge of AMR.

The overview will become available for the entire AMR research community. To optimise the exposure of the overview and its sustainability, we plan to publish it on a webpages of JPIAMR and VALUE-Dx. Next, we will explore opportunities to integrate it into an already existing and established catalogue, such as the BBMRI-ERIC directory.

In our ambitions, we are aware of a number of prerequisites. For instance, the overview itself must remain constantly accurate and timely updated. It must provide descriptive information (metadata) that is documented with common standards (a standardised language or terminology) to facilitate comparison of resources.

Question Title

Figure 1: Overview of the resources and services relevant to AMR research, that are targeted by this survey.

<div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="color: #3366ff;"><strong>Figure 1:</strong> </span>Overview of the resources and services relevant to AMR research, that are targeted by this survey.</span></div>
Scope: resources and services
The survey addresses existing resources from all the ‘One Health’ domains: human, animal, environment. Figure 1 below shows how resources and services are defined. For resources we distinguish (1) biobanks (see ‘1’) and ‘non-sample’-databases (see ‘2’) that are generated in AMR research. Looking more closely to the biobanks, we distinguish:
(1a) Collections of biological material containing e.g.:
  • Biospecimens (e.g., from body fluids, tissue, environment, food, etc.)
  • Samples that are derived from the biospecimens: micro-organisms, or molecular derivatives (e.g., DNA, RNA, protein)
(1b) Databases that are associated with the collections to provide information about the specimens, samples and derivatives. For example, the host it was taken from, the antimicrobial resistance of the bacterial strains, genomics, host health status, diagnostics, treatment, quality, protocols and/or publications based upon them.

By services we mean those offered by research infrastructures for managing and using the collections and databases (see ‘3’). Some biobanks also provide services to third parties (see ‘1d’). Finally, the survey addresses the documentation (or metadata) for describing the resources (see ‘4’).
More information
In the online background information to the survey you can find out more about the partners who initiated this survey, and the way the information about the resources and services will be made available, findable, searchable and sustainable. Also, on this webpage you will find the information presented above.

You will now continue to the survey.