GONUTS: the Gene Ontology Normal Usage Tracking System. Academic Article uri icon


  • 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.

author list (cited authors)

  • Renfro, D. P., McIntosh, B. K., Venkatraman, A., Siegele, D. A., & Hu, J. C.

citation count

  • 22

complete list of authors

  • Renfro, Daniel P||McIntosh, Brenley K||Venkatraman, Anand||Siegele, Deborah A||Hu, James C

publication date

  • January 2012