Questions and answers about the Consortium itself.

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]. Funding for the GO member organizations is detailed here.

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 inquire about the criteria for joining.

Who makes up the GO Consortium?

Back in 1998, the GO project began as a collaboration between three model organism databases, namely Flybase (Drosophila), the Saccharomyces Genome Database (SGD), and the Mouse Genome Database (MGD). Today, the GO Consortium is formed by many databases, including several of the world's major repositories for plant, animal, and microbial genomes. Visit this page to see a complete list of member organizations of the Gene Ontology Consortium.