Gene Ontology: looking backwards and forwards
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, 539 Life Sciences Addition, Berkeley, CA 94720-3200, USA
Genome Biology 2004, 6:103 doi:10.1186/gb-2004-6-1-103Published: 15 December 2004
The Gene Ontology consortium began six years ago with a group of scientists who decided to connect our data by sharing the same language for describing it. Its most significant achievement lies in uniting many independent biological database efforts into a cooperative force.