Contributing Sequence Accession Numbers

Sequence data are best served by a National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) repository such as GenBank. Metadata Accession numbers/URLs/unique identifiers and associated information should then be provided to BCO-DMO so that access to these alternate repositories can be provided through the BCO-DMO website.

In order to link to data at NCBI, please provide BCO-DMO with a list of the sequence accession numbers and associated information describing the sequences. Please include the following information (if applicable):

  • species names
  • description of the types of sequences
  • locations where species were collected (including latitude and longitude and cruise ID numbers, if known/applicable)
  • sequencing and analysis methods (including instrument names and models)
  • any other relevant information that will enable others to understand and re-use the data (e.g. published papers)

The dataset metadata form can be used to provide the metadata, and the accession numbers and associated information can be provided in a separate spreadsheet, file, or document.

For reference, here are some examples of datasets we're currently serving that contain links to GenBank:
Labyrinthulomycete genetic sequences
Sequence accession numbers from microbialite mats
Diatom ribosomal DNA sequence accession numbers

The links above will take you to the dataset metadata pages. Clicking the "Get Data" button at the top of the page takes you to the data itself. From there, clicking on the blue rows of data expands the dataset to the next level of granularity until you eventually see the links to GenBank.

If you have any questions about how to submit data, please contact us at info at