Canto: an online tool for community literature curation

Bioinformatics. 2014 Jun 15;30(12):1791-2. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btu103. Epub 2014 Feb 25.


Motivation: Detailed curation of published molecular data is essential for any model organism database. Community curation enables researchers to contribute data from their papers directly to databases, supplementing the activity of professional curators and improving coverage of a growing body of literature. We have developed Canto, a web-based tool that provides an intuitive curation interface for both curators and researchers, to support community curation in the fission yeast database, PomBase. Canto supports curation using OBO ontologies, and can be easily configured for use with any species.

Availability: Canto code and documentation are available under an Open Source license from Canto is a component of the Generic Model Organism Database (GMOD) project (

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biological Ontologies
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Internet
  • Schizosaccharomyces
  • Software*