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The founding charter of the Genomic Observatories Network

  • Neil Davies1, 2Email author,
  • Dawn Field2, 3, 4Email author,
  • Linda Amaral-Zettler5,
  • Melody S Clark6,
  • John Deck7,
  • Alexei Drummond8, 9,
  • Daniel P Faith10,
  • Jonathan Geller11,
  • Jack Gilbert12, 13,
  • Frank Oliver Glöckner14, 15,
  • Penny R Hirsch16,
  • Jo-Ann Leong17,
  • Chris Meyer18,
  • Matthias Obst19,
  • Serge Planes20,
  • Chris Scholin21,
  • Alfried P Vogler22, 23,
  • 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 Klindworth14, 15,
  • Rob Knight41, 42,
  • Renzo Kottmann14, 15,
  • 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,
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Received: 29 January 2014

Accepted: 24 February 2014

Published: 7 March 2014

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7 Mar 2014 Article published 10.1186/2047-217X-3-2

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Authors’ Affiliations

Gump South Pacific Research Station, University of California Berkeley, Moorea, French Polynesia
Biodiversity Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, The Tinbergen Building, Oxford, UK
Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, UK
The Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA
British Antarctic Survey, Natural Environment Research Council, Cambridge, UK
Berkeley Natural History Museums, 1007 Valley Life Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Allan Wilson Center for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
The Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, California State University, Moss Landing, USA
Institute for Genomic and Systems Biology, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, USA
Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany
Jacobs University Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, UK
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Kaneohe, USA
Department of Invertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
USR 3278 CNRS - EPHE Centre de Recherche Insulaire et Observatoire de l’Environnement (CRIOBE), Papetoai, French Polynesia
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, USA
Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, London, UK
Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum, London, UK
Independent 316 Scientific Adviser, 2 rue de la Tour de Magnan, Nice, France
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA
Department of Ecology and Genetics and Science for Life Laboratory, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, USA
(28), Boston, USA
CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research and Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship, Hobart, Australia
AZTI-Tecnalia, Marine Research Division, Herrera Kaia, Pasaia, Spain
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Biologische Anstalt Helgoland, Helgoland, Germany
Essig Museum of Entomology, University of California, Berkeley, USA
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, AOML stationed in La Jolla, San Diego, USA
Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin, MadisonWI, USA
Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
National Ecological Observatory Network, Boulder, USA
Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, USA
Station Biologique de Roscoff, CNRS - UPMC, Place Georges Teissier, Roscoff Cedex, France
Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, USA
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Maryland, USA
Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Computer Science, and BioFrontiers Institute, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, USA
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC), Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Heraklion, Greece
Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network and Environment Institute, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
Food Safety, Environment & Genetics, Reykjavik, Iceland
School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester, UK
Department of Crop and Soil Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA
Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada
Environmental Science Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley, USA
AZTI-Tecnalia, Marine Research Division, Txatxarramendi ugartea z/g, Bizkaia, Spain
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Exploration and Research, Silver Spring, USA
Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, The King’s Buildings, Edinburgh, UK
Biomatters Ltd., Auckland, New Zealand
Center for Research on BioSystems, University of California, San Diego, USA
Center for Asian Conservation Ecology, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
Ecology and Evolution of Plankton Laboratory, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Villa Comunale, Naples, Italy