Ensembl is a joint project between EMBL - European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI) to develop a software system which produces and maintains automatic annotation on selected eukaryotic genomes. Ensembl is primarily funded by the Wellcome Trust.
The Ensembl project aims to provide:
Accurate, automatic analysis of genome data.
Analysis and annotation maintained on the current data.
Presentation of the analysis to all via the web.
Distribution of the analysis to other bioinformatics laboratories.
Ensembl will concentrate on vertebrate genomes, but other groups have adapted the system for use with plant and fungal genomes. Please see Powered by Ensembl for a list of projects that use Ensembl technology.
The commitments of the Ensembl project are:
Release of data and analysis into the public domain immediately.
Open, collaborative software development: Ensembl imposes no restrictions on access to, or use of, the data provided and the software used to analyse and present it. For more details see the code licence and disclaimer.
Collaboration on agreed standards for distribution.
If you wish to cite Ensembl in your paper, please see our scientific publications page for more information.