The GEO BON Secretariat is happy to announce the official endorsement of the Omic Biodiversity Observation Network (Omic BON).
Omic techniques allow us to holistically observe and monitor genes, proteins, metabolites, and other biomolecules in organisms or environmental materials. Omic BON is the first thematic BON focused on an observational technique, underscoring the transformative power of omic technologies.
Omic BON will build a meta-observatory by coordinating observation across its members, aligning and promoting the integration of strategies, methods, and data flows. This will be instrumental in transforming omic observations into actionable knowledge at a global scale.
Its founding partners include representatives from national-, continental-, and global-scale observing systems, standards organisations, and data and sample infrastructures. Even at this early stage, Omic BON is partnering with programmes with similar missions, such as the Ocean Biomolecular Observing Network (OBON), an endorsed programme under the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
Omic BON is now developing its founding charter and planning its first wave of activities to expand its partnership and to enhance molecular-scale biodiversity observation within the GEO BON community.
Stay tuned for more information about Omic BON on our website (coming soon). In the meantime, we welcome Omic BON to the growing GEO BON community and are looking forward to working closely together.
Leadership: Raïssa Meyer, Pier Luigi Buttigieg, Neil Davies, Kathleen Pitz, Chris Meyer, Robyn Samuel