The founding charter of the Genomic Observatories Network

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Davies, Neil
Field, Dawn
Amaral-Zettler, Linda
Clark, Melody S
Deck, John
Drummond, Alexei
Faith, Daniel P
Geller, Jonathan
Gilbert, Jack
Gloeckner, Frank Oliver
Hirsch, Penny R
Leong, Jo-Ann
Meyer, Chris
Obst, Matthias
Planes, Serge
Scholin, Chris
Vogler, Alfried P
Gates, Ruth D
Toonen, Rob
Berteaux-Lecellier, Veronique
Barbier, Michele
Barker, Katherine
Bertilsson, Stefan
Bicak, Mesude
Bietz, Matthew J
Bobe, Jason
Bodrossy, Levente
Borja, Angel
Coddington, Jonathan
Fuhrman, Jed
Gerdts, Gunnar
Gillespie, Rosemary
Goodwin, Kelly
Hanson, Paul C
Hero, Jean-Marc
Hoekman, David
Jansson, Janet
Jeanthon, Christian
Kao, Rebecca
Klindworth, Anna
Knight, Rob
Kottmann, Renzo
Koo, Michelle S
Kotoulas, Georgios
Lowe, Andrew J
Marteinsson, Viggo Thor
Meyer, Folker
Morrison, Norman
Myrold, David D
Pafilis, Evangelos
Parker, Stephanie
Parnell, John Jacob
Polymenakou, Paraskevi N
Ratnasingham, Sujeevan
Roderick, George K
Rodriguez-Ezpeleta, Naiara
Schonrogge, Karsten
Simon, Nathalie
Valette-Silver, Nathalie J
Springer, Yuri P
Stone, Graham N
Stones-Havas, Steve
Sansone, Susanna-Assunta
Thibault, Kate M
Wecker, Patricia
Wichels, Antje
Wooley, John C
Yahara, Tetsukazu
Zingone, Adriana
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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.

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