Tuesday, 30 September 2014

GOs Session@NAML-OBFS Meeting, Woods Hole

The first joint meeting of the National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML) and Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS) 20-24 Sept. 2014 at MBL, Woods Hole MA, included a session on genomic observatories entitled: "Biodiversity/GenomicsSampling And Specimen/Data Handling".  Ideas discussed included the coupling of biosamplers for genomic analyses with next generation imaging technologies in cabled observatories.  

Friday, 14 March 2014

Founding Charter of the Genomic Observatories Network

The founding charter of the Genomic Observatories Network was published on 7 March 2014 in Gigascience (PDF). In this paper, the 69 founding co-authors state their intention to work together to launch the GOs Network defined 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." doi:10.1186/2047-217X-3-2

Friday, 21 February 2014

Genomic Observatories Network 4th Workshop

The 4th meeting of the GOs Network is taking place at GSC 16 at the University of Oxford March 31- April 2.

Registration is open here: GSC 16

Theme: The main theme of GSC16 is Biodiversity Genomics:

Large efforts are underway to sequence much of the biodiversity on Earth. Some focus on particular species (notably humans and other model organisms, or species of economic or ecological significance) and others on particular places or environments. These studies, whether at the organismal or ecosystem scale, increasingly address change over time. There is much potential overlap among these projects and an urgent need to establish common data standards as well as an opportunity to share lessons learned (e.g., biobanking, data policies, technological approaches, informatics platforms, theory and modeling etc.) GSC 16 will serve as the fourth meeting of the Genomic Observatories Network (GOs 4) and the first international meeting of the Ocean Sampling Day Consortium.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Genomic Observatories 3rd Workshop

The 3rd meeting of the GOs Network is taking place on 4 June at the Natural History Museum in London as part of the Tropical Biodiversity Symposium 2013.  The workshop will provide a terrestrial counterpart to the largely marine focused GOs2 meeting at the Smithsonian.

The overarching theme of the Symposium is to ask "how we can develop inter-disciplinary, genomic approaches to accelerate the study of biodiversity and function of tropical ecosystems."  Registration is free and for late registrations please contact Alfried Vogler.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Genomic Observatories 2nd Workshop starts on "DNA Day"

The second meeting of the GOs Network (GOs2) started at the Smithsonian in Washington DC on Thursday 25 April 2013  - which also happened to be DNA Day

Photo 51: Kings College London

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Genomic Observatories at GSC 15 and GOs2 workshop at Smithsonian

The GSC 14 workshop served as the first face-to-face meeting of the Genomic Observatories meeting. The GOs Network will host a session on Day 3 of GSC 15 exploring citizen science genomics. Immediately following GSC 15, we will hold the second meeting of the GOs Network at the Smithsonian.

Details below.

GSC 15, NCBI April 22-24, 2013

GOs2 workshop at the Smithsonian, April 25-26, 2013

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Towards a WAML Genomic Observatory

The Western Association of Marine Laboratories (WAML) regional chapter of the U.S. National Association of Marine Labs (NAML) held its annual meeting at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority in Costa Mesa CA on October 12-13, 2012.  The meeting brought together directors from many of the marine laboratories on the western seaboard of the United States and across the Pacific Islands.  

A 2-hour session on "Developing WAML as an Observatory Network: Genomic Observatories" included an overview of the Genomic Observatories Network (reporting back from the GSC14 GOs meeting in Oxford) by Neil Davies (UC Berkeley Gump Station, Moorea) and on the potential for Monterey Bay and San Francisco Bay Genomic Observatories by Jonathan Geller (Moss Landing Marine Laboratories).  

There was general agreement that a 'WAML GO' was worth serious consideration and a steering committee has been established to explore this further - with a planning meeting to be held in January 2013 (subject to schedules).