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  • May 28, 2014

    We are pleased to announce the release of GOLD v.5 on May 28, 2014. The redesigned database schema and web user interface support several new features including the implementation of a four level Project organization system and a simplified intuitive web interface to access reports and launch search tools. The four level Project system is organizing genome and metagenome sequencing projects in GOLD into Studies, Biosamples, Sequencing Projects and Analysis Projects to enable their presentation and tracking in a way it was not possible before. With intuitive user interface aided with tool tips it is now easier to navigate through the GOLD data. We are currently working on extending login/edit and download capabilities from the new system . Please report any bugs or oddities you come across on new GOLD promptly to Thanks for your patience and cooperation.
  • Mar 6 , 2013
    GOLD data set available for download.
    We are happy to announce that the GOLD data set is available for download once again. You can click on the link on the top right corner at or just follow the link
  • Nov 15 , 2011
    GOLD v.4 is released.
    GOLD v.4 has a brand new look and fully supports metagenomic samples.
  • Oct 20 , 2011
    DOE JGI Microbial Genome and Metagenome Program head Nikos Kyrpides has had a microbe named for him.
    The microbe, now labeled as the type strain of a new species, Kyrpidia tusciae, was isolated from a solfatara, or natural volcanic steam vent in which sulfur gases are the dominant constituent along with hot water vapor, in a geothermal region of Tuscany, Italy. Click here to Read more
  • March 8, 2011
    10,000 GOLD Genome Projects Mark!
    Escherichia coli O111:H8 9662 is the 10,000 GOLD genome project
  • February 14, 2011
    We have facilitated distribution of all the data from GOLD through the excel files in order to support scientists around the world who would like to get the data and perform their own analysis and eventually publish their results. We intent to continue supporting this sort of usage by providing all the data through an excel file. However, we have recently noticed an increasing number of cases where colleagues were downloading the data in order to feed the development of systems replicating GOLD's functionality. We are putting tremenodus amount of effort to collect and curate the metadata for an increasing number of genomes and metagenomes. Funding for curation of biological data is very limited if at all available, therefore we cannot support funding of other systems based on the manual work we do. Accordingly, if you need the data in order to perform comparative analysis, leading to publication or even populate other dbases you may have we are happy to continue providing you the GOLD data through excel.
  • July 24, 2010
    Blogger added for providing information on new GOLD developments and analysis tools.
  • May 10, 2010
    RSS Feeds added for providing information on new and updated genome projects daily.
  • November 13, 2009
  • October 21, 2009
    1,000 Complete Microbial Genome Projects Mark!
    Methanocaldococcus vulcanius M7, DSM 12094 is the 1,000 completely sequenced microbial genome
  • October 21, 2009
    1,000 Complete Microbial Genome Projects Mark!
    Methanocaldococcus vulcanius M7, DSM 12094 is the 1,000 completely sequenced microbial genome
  • October 1st, 2009
    Daily updates of the dbase implemented
  • September 9, 2009
    GOLD v 3.0 is released.
    The new features include:

    - New improved Search Page, and Advanced Search page. Metadata search and configurable search are coming soon

    - New search result tables, with the option of re-ordering of the columns

    - New database entry point [gold.cgi page], with the addition of Google Earth map, and links to Statistics tables for Project Type, Sequencing Status and Phylogenetic distribution pages.

    Coming up soon in extended v 3.0:

    - Metadata Search and Custom (SQL) search

    - Automatically generated graphical statistics

    - Configurable search result pages

    - Graphical presentation of Metadata on search results

  • July 20th, 2009
    GOLD reaches tracking of 5000 projects.
  • June 15th, 2009
    New GOLD CARD pages implemented [e.g. Gc00938]
  • June 1st, 2009
    GOLD metadata fields increase to 104. All metadata available for download.
  • April 10, 2009
    DOE-JGI is the first sequencing center reaching 1,000 genome projects.
  • September 14, 2008
    GOLD reaches tracking of 4000 projects.
  • April 20, 2008
    GOLD Search page reorganization, new metadata search fields added.
  • January 20, 2008
    GOLD Statistics page updated. Statistics data available for download.
  • January 12, 2008
    1. New Metadata fields are available for download: oxygen requirement, cell shape, cell arrangement, motility, sporulation, energy source, temperature range, and salinity.
    2. The new Metadata fields are also added in the search page
  • January 1, 2008
  • October 1, 2007
    GOLD reaches tracking of 3000 projects.
  • September 15, 2007
    Metagenome Project Classification Search function is now available in the Search Page
  • September 1, 2007
    All Archaeal and Bacterial Genome Projects in GOLD are now also displayed on a hierarchical tree based on NCBI's taxonomy. The Archaeal and the Bacterial Trees are available on the front page of GOLD
  • August 15, 2007
    Reorganization of all Metagenomic Projects (GOLD Metagenome Ontology document):
    1. Standardize Metagenone Project Name
    2. Implement Metagenome Project Classification (analogous to the Taxonomy of isolate Genomes)
    3. Implement Project and Sample information
  • August 1, 2007
    New GOLD Fields are available for download: (a) pH, (b) Temperature, (c) Samples, (d) Project Status
  • July 15, 2007

    1. New GOLD Fields are available for download: (a) Sequencing Method, (b) Sequencing depth and (c) StrainInfo.

    2. Additional fields include 5 taxonomic levels from NCBI's taxonomy (SuperKingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family and Genus)

    3. Mapping of GOLD_STAMPS to StrainInfo IDs added

    4. Ecotype has been renamed to Habitat in compliance with MIGS (Minimum Information About a Genome Sequence)

  • June 15, 2007
    In the Search Page: select GEBA under Relevance to see the current status of the project.
  • February 19, 2007
    GOLD projects connect to the Genome Catalogue (GCat_IDs).
  • February 17, 2007
    GOLD projects connect to the Greengenes database.
  • January 23, 2007
    Complete and Published Genomes reach 500
  • November 9, 2006
    GOLD-STAMP Pages are generated for all projects and links to the GOLD-STAMP IDs in every project
  • November 1, 2006
    Entrez PID is added when available, and also provided through the downloadable goldtable.txt
  • October 25, 2006
    The field "COUNTRY" for each sequencing project is released
  • September 25, 2006
    The new GOLD user interface is released
  • April 1, 2006
    GOLD hits 2000 genome projects as it completes 9 years of history
  • March 9, 2006
    All Data in GOLD can now be easily downloaded on excel spreadsheet from the front page (goldtable.txt)
  • March 1, 2006
    In agreement with the proposal of abandoning the term "Prokaryotes" we have split what used to be Prokaryotic Ongoing projects to Archaeal and Bacterial Ongoing Projects
  • January 1, 2006
  • November 25, 2005
    HOT PICKS on NetWatch @Science 310, issue 5752
  • August 20, 2005
    GOLD v 2.0 is released, with the addition of datatypes such as Phenotypes, Ecotypes, and Project relevance
  • August 20, 2002
    GOLD is transferred to IMBB, Greece
  • August 15, 2002
    GOLD moves to each new location at
  • July 18, 2002
    GOLD powered by Perl CGI scripts and Postgress RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
  • May, 2002
  • January, 2002
    GOLD hits 500 Genome projects
  • December, 2001
  • May, 2001
  • January, 2001
  • December, 2000
    Web Alert @Current Opinions in Genetics and Developmnet
  • July 10, 2000
    Links2Go "Key Resource" Award
  • June 9, 2000
    HOT PICKS on NetWatch @ Science 288, 1841
    cover of Science magazine
  • April 5, 2000
    GOLD moves to each New Location @ Integrated Genomics
  • March 24, 2000

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  • March, 2000
    Shared Computer Facility Newsletter @ The Kimmel Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University
  • February 25, 2000
    Web Site of the Week @The Rowland Institute for Science
  • February 24, 2000
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  • November 9, 1999
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  • December, 1998
    Web alert @ Current Opinion in Genetics & Development 8, 611
  • September, 1998
    Microbial Genomes Monitor mirrored @EBI
  • April, 1997
    Microbial Genomes Monitor web page initiates @UIUC