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What is QIIME 2?ΒΆ

QIIME 2 is a powerful, extensible, and decentralized microbiome analysis package with a focus on data and analysis transparency. QIIME 2 enables researchers to start an analysis with raw DNA sequence data and finish with publication-quality figures and statistical results.

Key features:

  • Integrated and automatic tracking of data provenance
  • Semantic type system
  • Plugin system for extending microbiome analysis functionality
  • Support for multiple types of user interfaces (e.g. API, command line, graphical)

QIIME 2 is a complete redesign and rewrite of the QIIME 1 microbiome analysis pipeline. QIIME 2 will address many of the limitations of QIIME 1, while retaining the features that makes QIIME 1 a powerful and widely-used analysis pipeline.

QIIME 2 currently supports an initial end-to-end microbiome analysis pipeline. New functionality will regularly become available through QIIME 2 plugins. You can view a list of plugins that are currently available on the QIIME 2 plugin availability page. The future plugins page lists plugins that are being developed.

To see where we’re headed with QIIME 2, take a look at Greg Caporaso’s American Gut blog post (15 April 2016) and SciPy 2016 presentation (15 July 2016).