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The founding charter of the Genomic Observatories Network

Neil Davies12*, Dawn Field234*, Linda Amaral-Zettler5, Melody S Clark6, John Deck7, Alexei Drummond89, Daniel P Faith10, Jonathan Geller11, Jack Gilbert1213, Frank Oliver Glöckner1415, Penny R Hirsch16, Jo-Ann Leong17, Chris Meyer18, Matthias Obst19, Serge Planes20, Chris Scholin21, Alfried P Vogler2223, Ruth D Gates17, Rob Toonen17, Véronique Berteaux-Lecellier20, Michèle Barbier24, Katherine Barker25, Stefan Bertilsson26, Mesude Bicak3, Matthew J Bietz27, Jason Bobe28, Levente Bodrossy29, Angel Borja30, Jonathan Coddington25, Jed Fuhrman31, Gunnar Gerdts32, Rosemary Gillespie33, Kelly Goodwin34, Paul C Hanson35, Jean-Marc Hero36, David Hoekman37, Janet Jansson38, Christian Jeanthon39, Rebecca Kao40, Anna Klindworth1415, Rob Knight4142, Renzo Kottmann1415, Michelle S Koo43, Georgios Kotoulas44, Andrew J Lowe45, Viggó Thór Marteinsson46, Folker Meyer12, Norman Morrison47, David D Myrold48, Evangelos Pafilis44, Stephanie Parker37, John Jacob Parnell37, Paraskevi N Polymenakou44, Sujeevan Ratnasingham49, George K Roderick50, Naiara Rodriguez-Ezpeleta51, Karsten Schonrogge4, Nathalie Simon39, Nathalie J Valette-Silver52, Yuri P Springer37, Graham N Stone53, Steve Stones-Havas54, Susanna-Assunta Sansone3, Kate M Thibault37, Patricia Wecker20, Antje Wichels31, John C Wooley55, Tetsukazu Yahara56, Adriana Zingone57 and GOs-COS

Author Affiliations

1 Gump South Pacific Research Station, University of California Berkeley, BP 244 98728 Moorea, French Polynesia

2 Biodiversity Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, The Tinbergen Building, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK

3 Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford, 7 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QG, UK

4 Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 8BB, UK

5 The Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, MA 02543, USA

6 British Antarctic Survey, Natural Environment Research Council, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0ET, UK

7 Berkeley Natural History Museums, 1007 Valley Life Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA

8 Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland, Auckland 1142, New Zealand

9 Allan Wilson Center for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

10 The Australian Museum, 6 College St., Sydney, NSW 2010, Australia

11 Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, California State University, 8272 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing, CA 95039, USA

12 Institute for Genomic and Systems Biology, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439, USA

13 Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, 5640 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637, USA

14 Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, D-28359 Bremen, Germany

15 Jacobs University Bremen, D-28759 Bremen, Germany

16 Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2JQ, UK

17 Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, PO Box 1346, Kaneohe, HI 96744, USA

18 Department of Invertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, PO Box 37012, MRC-163, Washington, DC 20013, USA

19 Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Box 463 SE-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

20 USR 3278 CNRS - EPHE Centre de Recherche Insulaire et Observatoire de l’Environnement (CRIOBE), BP 1013 - 98 729 Papetoai, Moorea, French Polynesia

21 Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, CA 95039, USA

22 Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, UK

23 Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD, UK

24 Independent 316 Scientific Adviser, 2 rue de la Tour de Magnan, 06 000 Nice, France

25 National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, PO Box 37012, 318 MRC 106, Washington, DC 20013, USA

26 Department of Ecology and Genetics and Science for Life Laboratory, Uppsala University, Norbyv. 18D, SE-75236 Uppsala, Sweden

27 Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697, USA

28 PersonalGenomes.org, Boston, MA 02215, USA

29 CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research and Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

30 AZTI-Tecnalia, Marine Research Division, Herrera Kaia, Portualdea s/n, 20110 Pasaia, Spain

31 Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371, USA

32 Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Biologische Anstalt Helgoland, 27498 Helgoland, Germany

33 Essig Museum of Entomology, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA

34 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, AOML stationed in La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037, USA

35 Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin, MadisonWI 53706, USA

36 Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Queensland 4222, Australia

37 National Ecological Observatory Network, Boulder, CO 80301, USA

38 Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA

39 Station Biologique de Roscoff, CNRS - UPMC, Place Georges Teissier, CS 90074, 29688 Roscoff Cedex, France

40 Denver Botanic Gardens, 909 York Street, Denver, CO 80206, USA

41 Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA

42 Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Computer Science, and BioFrontiers Institute, University of Colorado at Boulder, 3415 Colorado Ave, Boulder, CO 80309, USA

43 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-3160, USA

44 Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC), Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Heraklion, Greece

45 Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network and Environment Institute, University of Adelaide, Adelaide SA5005, Australia

46 Food Safety, Environment & Genetics, Matis ldt. Vinlandsleid 12, 113 Reykjavik, Iceland

47 School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK

48 Department of Crop and Soil Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA

49 Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1, Canada

50 Environmental Science Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-3114, USA

51 AZTI-Tecnalia, Marine Research Division, Txatxarramendi ugartea z/g, Sukarrieta 48395Bizkaia, Spain

52 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Exploration and Research, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, USA

53 Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, The King’s Buildings, Edinburgh EH93JT, UK

54 Biomatters Ltd., Auckland 1010, New Zealand

55 Center for Research on BioSystems, University of California, San Diego, CA 92093-5004, USA

56 Center for Asian Conservation Ecology, Kyushu University, 6-10-1, Fukuoka 812-8581, Japan

57 Ecology and Evolution of Plankton Laboratory, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Villa Comunale, 80121 Naples, Italy

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GigaScience 2014, 3:2  doi:10.1186/2047-217X-3-2

Published: 7 March 2014

Abstract

The co-authors of this paper hereby state their intention to work together to launch the Genomic Observatories Network (GOs Network) for which this document will serve as its Founding Charter. We define a Genomic Observatory as an ecosystem and/or site subject to long-term scientific research, including (but not limited to) the sustained study of genomic biodiversity from single-celled microbes to multicellular organisms.

An international group of 64 scientists first published the call for a global network of Genomic Observatories in January 2012. The vision for such a network was expanded in a subsequent paper and developed over a series of meetings in Bremen (Germany), Shenzhen (China), Moorea (French Polynesia), Oxford (UK), Pacific Grove (California, USA), Washington (DC, USA), and London (UK). While this community-building process continues, here we express our mutual intent to establish the GOs Network formally, and to describe our shared vision for its future. The views expressed here are ours alone as individual scientists, and do not necessarily represent those of the institutions with which we are affiliated.

Keywords:
Biodiversity; Genomics; Biocode; Earth observations