USCCN 2.0 focuses on making new connections and building relationships with current and new sources of culture and living collections. The specific aims of USCCN 2.0 are:
Since 2012, USCCN 1.0 has provided a unique venue for hosts and curators of living and research-focused microbe collections to promote best practices and to engage the larger living collection community broadly, nationally and internationally. USCCN has connected with about 40 collections, including collections of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and other fungi, and microalgae at universities and government agencies.
USCCN has held annual meetings covering various themes. The network has explored issues such as the use of organisms from culture collections in genome sequencing projects, the Nagoya Protocol, outreach programs, data standards, off-site cryopreserved backup services, and how to preserve endangered collections.
Collection personnel have traveled to visit other U.S. collections and to international culture collection conferences, and co-authored 12 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters about collections. USCCN has also served as a sounding board for collection personnel to compare collection management practices such as databases, websites, international shipping challenges, and new products and services.
In 2019, the network engaged with the International Code of Nomenclature of Prokaryotes on a proposal to allow genome sequences to substitute for a live organism as a type of material. The network submitted a written document detailing the impact of this proposed change and recommended that it not be approved. The International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes denied the proposed changes, in large part due to the input from USCCN.