Welcome to Canto

Canto is an online Curation tool to enable researchers to curate genetic and molecular data from their publications for data sharing. Originally created for the fission yeast community, Canto is configurable for use with other species. Questions? Contact the Canto team...

Canto in Use

  • Visit... PomBase: Curate GO, phenotypes, interactions, protein modifications for Schizosaccharomyces pombe (fission yeast)
  • Visit ... PHI-base: Extended version (PHI-Canto) to enable the curation of multiple strains, and multispecies genotypes (metagenotypes) and phenotypes.
  • FlyBase: Extended and configured to support Drosophila phenotype and genetic interactions.
  • Visit... JaponicusDB: Curate GO, phenotypes, interactions, protein modifications for Schizosaccharomyces japonicus (a fission yeast)
  • SEA-PHAGES: use Canto as part of a discovery-based undergraduate research course (Ivan Erril, UMBC)
  • Visit... Generic Gene Ontology Implementation: Curate GO annotations for proteins, using UniProtKB identifiers



Instructions for using Canto are available from the documentation pages, or via the "Help" link at the top right of every Canto instance

NEW: Canto video tutorials



Try the demo version of Canto: curate GO, phenotypes, interactions and protein modifications

How to Cite Canto

Please cite: Rutherford KM, Harris MA, Lock A, Oliver SG, Wood V. Canto: An online tool for community literature curation. Bioinformatics (2014) doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btu103 PMID:24574118

Get The Code


Canto is a free, open source application. The source code is available from Github.

There is documentation for local installation and administration.

Canto is a component of