The European Marine Omics Biodiversity Observation Network (EMO BON) project is currently preparing the first shipment of samples for analysis.
All 16 participating observatories are shipping their samples to EMBRC headquarters in Paris, which, in turn, will ship all samples to the French National Sequencing Center (Genoscope). 
Also in October, the third EMO BON sampling event will take place. It will include water column and all soft sediment communities: microorganisms, meiobenthos, and, for the first time since project launch (June 2021), macrobenthos. 
Keeping rich and complete metadata records is important for data FAIRification and for the scientific context of datasets. EMO BON participants are asked to fill in the metadata spreadsheets immediately after a sampling event to ensure that there is a minimum of explanatory information for the data analyses.

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