FlyBase:Community Advisory Group

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What is the FlyBase Community Advisory Group?

The FlyBase Community Advisory Group (FCAG) was launched in September 2014 with the aim of gaining greater feedback from the community about changes in FlyBase.

You may not know that FlyBase is generated by a team of 32 people, working at Harvard, Indiana, New Mexico and Cambridge Universities. As the members of the FlyBase team work to improve the amount and usefulness of data in FlyBase, numerous questions arise regarding which data are the most important for Drosophila researchers and how we can most usefully present these data on the website. While we do our best to make changes that will be optimal for all Drosophila researchers, we wanted to be able to consult more widely so that we could be sure that our decisions would be helpful for the greatest number of people.

The group consists of members from any lab worldwide that uses FlyBase as part of its research. The FCAG member can be the lab head, a postdoc, student, technician or anyone else who uses FlyBase and feels that they could contribute. FlyBase attracts users from a variety of different backgrounds and our members range from frequent FlyBase users to those who use FlyBase only occasionally or who work primarily with another organism.

Members of the group are sent up to 6 surveys a year on a variety of different subjects (see the Surveys section below for details of subjects that have been covered so far).

Current membership

As of 15th November 2021 the FlyBase Community Advisory Group comprised 890 fly researchers from 46 different countries.

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Country Number of members Country Number of members
United States 344 Nigeria 6
United Kingdom 101 Austria 5
Germany 66 Chile 5
China 41 Taiwan 5
India 39 Netherlands 4
France 35 Singapore 4
Spain 31 Argentina 3
Canada 25 New Zealland 3
Japan 20 Norway 3
Italy 17 Belgium 2
Brazil 13 Malta 2
Sweden 11 Pakistan 2
Israel 10 Thailand 2
Korea South 10 Ukraine 2
Switzerland 10 Cyprus 1
Australia 9 Czech Republic 1
Portugal 9 Estonia 1
Russian Federation 9 Lebanon 2
Greece 7 Panama 1
Hungary 7 Poland 1
Denmark 6 South Africa 1
Finland 6 Uganda 1
Mexico 6 Turkey 1

Joining the group

Every person who uses FlyBase in their research is welcome into our group. Our aim is to have at least a representative from every lab. If you are interested in joining FCAG please go to the registration form

Updating your details (current members)

If you are an existing member of the group and you would like to update your details click here to go to our contact FlyBase form and choose the subject ‘FlyBase Community Advisory Group’, detailing the changes you would like to make.


Date Subject Responses Results
Sep 2022
  • FlyBase Drosophila Metabolic Pathways


File:FB Metabolic Pathways.pdf

Aug 2021
  • FlyBase OrthoDB


File:FB OrthoDB.pdf

Sep 2019
  • FlyBase gene summaries


File:FB Gene Summaries.pdf

Feb 2019
  • FlyBase bulk data files


File:FB bulk data files.pdf

May 2018
  • FlyBase 2.0


File:FlyBase 2.0.pdf

February 2018
  • FlyBase Author Reagent Form


File:ART survey.pdf

December 2017
  • Drosophila template for NCBI dataset submissions


File:FCAG BioSample template.pdf

September 2017
  • Curation of phenotypes induced or modified by chemical treatments or nutritional challenges


File:Chemical and nutritional phenotype curation.pdf

January 2017
  • GAL4 Search Improvements


File:GAL4 Search Improvements Survey.pdf

November 2016
  • Display of Gene Ontology Annotations


File:Display of Gene Ontology Annotations survey.pdf

September 2016
  • 2016 General FlyBase survey


File:2016 General FlyBase survey.pdf

July 2016
  • Protein domain graphics/info



January 2016
  • Video tutorials



October 2015
  • Predicting the future of fly research


File:FCAG predicting the future.pdf

July 2015
  • Default tracks on GBrowse


File:GBrowse default tracks survey results.pdf

May 2015
  • Complex mutants and transgenic constructs


File:FCAG construct survey full results.pdf

January 2015
  • New 'Gene Group' resource


File:FCAG GeneGroup survey results.pdf

October 2014
  • How you use FlyBase and how it could be improved
  • The automatically generated gene summaries on the gene report
  • Receiving updates from FlyBase


File:FCAG introductory survey results.pdf