The NARMS Isolate Level Dataset is Being Made Public
On January 21, 2009, the President launched the Open Government initiative based on the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration. The goal of this initiative is to increase government accountability, promote informed participation by the public, and create economic opportunity by expanding access to information through online publication of records. In September 2014 the White House also released the National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB), which emphasizes that improved detection of resistance can be achieved through appropriate data sharing, enhancement, expansion, and coordination of existing surveillance systems.
Historically, NARMS reports have presented aggregated data in various ways, but it was not possible to examine the complete set of characteristics within individual bacterial isolates. In keeping with the CARB goals and Open Government policies at HHS and USDA, the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) is publishing online the bacterial isolate-level data in a new format called NARMS Now: Integrated Data. This contains the entire collection of NARMS enteric bacterial isolates collected over the past 18 years (1996-2013) for Salmonella, Campylobacter, E. coli and Enterococcus. The data are available in a spreadsheet format that can be downloaded and analyzed by commonly used software applications.
While the availability of NARMS-Now: Integrated Data will allow interested parties to download and analyze the microbiological data in different ways, the CDC is also making available a powerful interactive web tool, NARMS Now: Human Data, to visualize the human isolate data. In the near future, NARMS Now: Integrated Data will be incorporated into the interactive displays associated with the NARMS Integrated Reports to allow readers to visualize the findings across the various sample sources in NARMS. Both tools will be updated on a regular basis as new NARMS data are available.
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