Open science resources for the discovery and analysis of Tara Oceans data

The Tara Oceans expedition (2009-2013) sampled contrasting ecosystems of the world oceans, collecting environmental data and plankton, from viruses to metazoans, for later analysis using modern sequencing and state-of-the-art imaging technologies. It surveyed 210 ecosystems in 20 biogeographic provinces, collecting over 35,000 samples of seawater and plankton. The interpretation of such an extensive collection of samples in their ecological context requires means to explore, assess and access raw and validated data sets. To address this challenge, the Tara Oceans Consortium offers open science resources, including the use of open access archives for nucleotides (ENA) and for environmental, biogeochemical, taxonomic and morphological data (PANGAEA), and the development of on line discovery tools and collaborative annotation tools for sequences and images. Here, we present an overview of Tara Oceans Data, and we provide detailed registries (data sets) of all campaigns (from port-to-port), stations and sampling events.

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Pesant Stephane, Not Fabrice, Picheral Marc, Kandels-Lewis Stefanie, Le Bescot Noan, Gorsky Gabriel, Iudicone Daniele, Karsenti Eric, Speich Sabrina, Trouble Romain, Dimier Celine, Searson Sarah (2015). Open science resources for the discovery and analysis of Tara Oceans data. Scientific Data. 2 (150023). 16p..,

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