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A wiki where users of the Gene Ontology can contribute and view notes about how specific GO terms are used. GONUTS can also be used as a GO term browser, or to search for GO annotations of specific genes from included organisms. The rationale for this wiki is based on helping new users of the gene ontology understand and use it. The GONUTS wiki is not an official product of the the Gene Ontology consortium. The GO consortium has a public wiki at their website, http://wiki.geneontology.org/. Maintaining the ontology involves many decisions to carefully choose terms and relationships. These decisions are currently made at GO meetings and via online discussion using the GO mailing lists and the Sourceforge curator request tracker. However, it is difficult for someone starting to use GO to understand these decisions. Some insight can be obtained by mining the tracker, the listservs and the minutes of GO meetings, but this is difficult, as these discussions are often dispersed and sometimes don''''t contain the GO accessions in the relevant messages. Wikis provide a way to create collaboratively written documentation for each GO term to explain how it should be used, how to satisfy the true path requirement, and whether an annotation should be placed at a different level. In addition, the wiki pages provide a discussion space, where users can post questions and discuss possible changes to the ontology. GONUTS is currently set up so anyone can view or search, but only registered users can edit or add pages. Currently registered users can create new users, and we are working to add at least one registered user for each participating database (So far we have registered users at EcoliHub, EcoCyc, GOA, BeeBase, SGD, dictyBase, FlyBase, WormBase, TAIR, Rat Genome Database, ZFIN, MGI, UCL and AgBase...

URL: http://gowiki.tamu.edu/wiki/

Resource ID: nlx_30164     Resource Type: Resource     Version: Latest Version


ontology or annotation browser, ontology or annotation search engine, ontology or annotation editor, protein

Funding Information

NIGMS, 1U24 GM077905-01, 511-1960-01, U24 GM088849

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Wiki, Database


Free for academic use, The community can contribute to this resource



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Gene Ontology Normal Usage Tracking System, GONUTS wiki


GO data updates: no fixed update schedule

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Gene Ontology Tools, OMICtools

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12:00am July 6, 2011

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    GONUTS: the Gene Ontology Normal Usage Tracking System.

    • Renfro DP
    • Nucleic Acids Res.
    • 2012 23

    The Gene Ontology Normal Usage Tracking System (GONUTS) is a community-based browser and usage guide for Gene Ontology (GO) terms and a community system for general GO annotation of proteins. GONUTS uses wiki technology to allow registered users to share and edit notes on the use of each term in GO, and to contribute annotations for specific genes of interest. By providing a site for generation of third-party documentation at the granularity of individual terms, GONUTS complements the official documentation of the Gene Ontology Consortium. To provide examples for community users, GONUTS displays the complete GO annotations from seven model organisms: Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Dictyostelium discoideum, Caenorhabditis elegans, Drosophila melanogaster, Danio rerio, Mus musculus and Arabidopsis thaliana. To support community annotation, GONUTS allows automated creation of gene pages for gene products in UniProt. GONUTS will improve the consistency of annotation efforts across genome projects, and should be useful in training new annotators and consumers in the production of GO annotations and the use of GO terms. GONUTS can be accessed at http://gowiki.tamu.edu. The source code for generating the content of GONUTS is available upon request.