Submit Data

Submitting Data to the GDC

Submitting data from your projects to the GDC is beneficial because the GDC:

  • Provides easy-to-use tools and guides supporting best practices in the submission of high-quality datasets. Tools validate data against GDC standard data types and file formats to enable cross study comparisons.
  • Implements data harmonization pipelines supporting DNA and RNA sequence harmonization against the latest reference genome (GRCh38)
  • Interfaces to NIH eRA Commons and the database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP) for secure access to controlled data sets and submissions
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Data Submission Tools

The GDC provides web-based tools for submitting small volumes of data as well as client tools for submitting high volumes of molecular data.

Data Submission Policy

Organizations interested in submitting data into the GDC must first apply for data submission through the NCBI database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP).

Collaborating with GDC

The GDC encourages data sharing in support of precision medicine. Tools are provided to guide data submissions. For more information, please contact the GDC Help Desk:

Contact the GDC Help Desk

What’s New with GDC Data Submissions

The GDC provides announcements of new data submitted to GDC.

News and Announcements

From the GDC FAQ

What is the process for uploading, submitting, and releasing data in the GDC?

Uploaded and validated data is put in a workspace until the user formally submits the data to the GDC. This allows users to interact with the data before submitting. Once the data is submitted, the GDC will process applicable datasets (e.g. harmonize molecular data and generate high level data). After processing has been completed, the data is made publicly available according to GDC Data Sharing Policies. The data becomes accessible through GDC tools (GDC Data Portal, GDC APIs) on open or controlled access basis according to the dbGaP authorization policies associated with the data set. For additional information, please visit: GDC Data Submission Processes and Tools.

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