Guide to Accessing Data
New user? Approved user?
OPEN ACCESS – verified and interpreted data that cannot be used to identify individual patients. These types of data can be used, for example, to make correlations between expression of genomic variants in molecular subtypes and clinical outcomes. Most researchers may find open access data sufficient in fulfilling their research needs. No approval is required to download.
CONTROLLED ACCESS – patient/tumor information and unverified or raw molecular data (e.g. array-based and sequencing files) that pose a small but significant risk of patient re-identification. These types of data can be used to perform sophisticated bioinformatics analyses. Data Use Certification, or approval, is required to download. Users must apply for Data Use Certification through the database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP) and must agree to the data use limitations.
What are the guidelines for using data for publications or other research purposes?
Visit the CGCI Publication Guidelines page to learn the details.
Visit the CTD2 Publication Guidelines page to learn the details.
Visit the TARGET Publication Guidelines page to learn the details.
How do I access open and/or controlled data?