The Genomes On Line Database (GOLD) in 2007: status of genomic and metagenomic projects and their associated metadata

Nucleic Acids Res. 2008 Jan;36(Database issue):D475-9. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkm884. Epub 2007 Nov 2.


The Genomes On Line Database (GOLD) is a comprehensive resource that provides information on genome and metagenome projects worldwide. Complete and ongoing projects and their associated metadata can be accessed in GOLD through pre-computed lists and a search page. As of September 2007, GOLD contains information on more than 2900 sequencing projects, out of which 639 have been completed and their sequence data deposited in the public databases. GOLD continues to expand with the goal of providing metadata information related to the projects and the organisms/environments towards the Minimum Information about a Genome Sequence' (MIGS) guideline. GOLD is available at and has a mirror site at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Crete, Greece at

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Nucleic Acid* / history
  • Databases, Nucleic Acid* / statistics & numerical data
  • Databases, Nucleic Acid* / trends
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Genome, Archaeal
  • Genome, Bacterial
  • Genomics*
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Internet
  • User-Computer Interface