Contributing to the Ontology

When you have suggestions for new ontology terms, first make sure the term doesn't exist, either as a primary term or a synonym term. To do this, search the ontology using the AmiGO browser. Requests for new synonyms or clarification of textual definitions are also welcomed. Please choose the scenario that best describes your research group and follow the steps as indicated below.

You are:

  1. Very familiar with the ontology and with the use of TermGenie: If you curate the ontology regularly and are familiar with the tools and resources of the GOC, we invite you to use one of the templates available from TermGenie. Additional information on how to submit requests for new terms using TermGenie is available at "Submitting Term Suggestions to GO".
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  3. Familiar with the ontology, but do not use TermGenie: whether you are already well acquainted with the ontology or are just becoming involved, if you have not yet become familiar with TermGenie, we suggest that you submit your ontology updates using the the GOC curator request tracker on Github. Additional information on how to submit requests for new terms using GitHub is available at "Submitting Term Suggestions to GO".
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  5. Ready to contribute, but not familiar with TermGenie or GitHub: If you are ready to submit your suggestions for improving the ontology but are not familiar with either of the tools mentioned above, please Contacting the GOC HelpDesk.
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