GO Consortium FAQ

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Who funds GO?

Direct support for the Gene Ontology Consortium is provided by an R01 grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) [grant HG02273]; AstraZeneca; Incyte Genomics; the European Union and the UK Medical Research Council.

Participating databases are funded as follows:

  • SGD is supported by a P41, National Resources, grant from the NHGRI [grant HG01315].
  • MGD is supported by a P41 from the NHGRI [grant HG00330].
  • GXD is supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development [grant HD33745].
  • FlyBase is supported by a P41 from the NHGRI [grant HG00739] and by the Medical Research Council, London.
  • TAIR is supported by user subscriptions and by a subcontract of the GO consortium grant.
  • WormBase is supported by a P41, National Resources, grant from the NHGRI [grant HG02223].
  • RGD is supported by an R01 grant from the NHLBI [grant HL64541].
  • DictyBase is supported by an R01 grant from the NIGMS [grant GM064426].

How do I become a member of the GO Consortium?

The most important criterion for GO Consortium membership is that the members contribute something to the collection of resources that we make available to the public (almost all member contribute annotations; several contribute to the ontologies; a few contribute software). The scientists involved in working with GO in these member groups communicate via the GO mailing list to discuss development issues in the ontologies. If you represent a database that wishes to join the GO Consortium please write to the mailing list to enquire about the criteria for joining. The current consortium member groups must all agree to inclusion of a new member group, and so writing to the mailing list is a good way to reach all the groups and begin the process.

Anyone with a more general interest in the GO can join the gofriends@geneontology.org mailing list to hear about GO and to attend the users meetings.

Who runs GO?

The GO project began as a collaboration between three model organism databases: Flybase (Drosophila), the Saccharomyces Genome Database (SGD) and the Mouse Genome Database (MGD) in 1998. Since then, the GO Consortium has grown to include many databases, including several of the world's major repositories for plant, animal and microbial genomes. See the Gene Ontology Consortium web page for a full list of member organizations.

How can I contribute to GO?

You can contribute to GO in several different ways. First, you might want to submit your gene or gene product annotations (see 'How do I submit annotations to GO?') for distribution through GO. Or you can make suggestions for new terms or other changes to the ontologies (see 'How can I suggest new GO terms?'). You could also join one of the GO interest groups; these groups work on developing specific areas of the ontologies. If you don't see an interest group that suits you, email the GO helpdesk to suggest a new one.