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This page describes the status of the public Solr index for the GO. This index will replace some of the query functionality for GOOSE as well as become the new backend for AmiGO 2 and other services. A preview server is now active at http://golr.berkeleybop.org.

Public beta

The preview server at http://golr.berkeleybop.org is currently in beta.

Some preview documentation is at http://cdn.berkeleybop.org/jsapi/bbop-js/docs/index.html


Feel free to use it as you will and start to write for it. As this is still a little early, we are only loading the GO, CL, ECO, and taxslim, as well as non-IEA annotations from the GAFs. Please see the AmiGO_Labs caveats, as well as the downtime information on this page.

Implementation progress

We are now loading properly from owltools.

We have looked at nginx as a reverse proxy for speed and to prevent unauthorized access to non-select URLs on the Solr server, and found it to be good.

The GOlr server is now active at http://golr.berkeleybop.org (nginx front on stove).

We now also have http://amigo2.berkeleybop.org working on stove and backed by golr.berkeleybop.org.

We are now on Solr 3.6. At some point we'd like to get on 4.x for some improvements including pivot tables.

Schema progress

We are currently working towards a flexible schema as defined in the owltools code. As we roll it out for the AmiGO backend and as a replacement for common GOOSE queries, we expect to find holes in the schema, documented below.

Currently, the index is entirely populated by through an owltools command line program, using YAML files for configuration. For more information, see the Installation section below.

Rewriting old GOOSE query examples for the new GOlr Schema

Example queries on the wiki.

  • Some old queries require the use of Solr facets and some modification of code Seth has written to present simpler results queries (i.e. the facet results are not displayed).
  • Note: hierarchical queries that 'combine' facet queries can be handled by the facet.pivot functionality that is available in Solr 4. In the meantime, we'll see if we can devise a work-around.

Current holes in the GOlr schema

  • None listed at this time...


Now that we have entered beta, downtimes are sporactic as we work with the software stack. As we approach production, the automatic update times will be decided and posted.

Local installation (data and schema development)

GOlr installation information and Solr installation help can be found here.


In order to make a truly useful system for the community at large, the Gene Ontology Consortium is working directly with other groups on GOlr tools, schema, and library development.

Virtual Fly Brain (VFB)

We're working with VFB on schema and ontology tools development to help enable rich ontology interaction and search at speed. This will also help push the envelope on the types of use cases that we might see.