Genomic Data Commons (GDC) - gdc

Grade
The grade for the resource as automatically determined by the criteria violations.
1
Description
A full description of the resource from the resource itself, if possible.
The NCI\'s Genomic Data Commons (GDC) provides the cancer research community with a unified data repository that enables data sharing across cancer genomic studies in support of precision medicine.
Last curated
(Optional) The ISO 8601 date of when the resource was last curated.
2017-12-03
Location
URL for the resource.
https://gdc.cancer.gov/
Source type
(Optional) How the resource relates to the data it contains. Current allowable entries are: "unknown", "repository", and "source", and "integrator".
repository
Curation status
Whether or not annotation is complete on this resource. Current allowable entries are: "complete", "incomplete", and "nonpublic".
complete
Field
The area of research for the resource.
biology
Type
The type of data the resource contains.
human
Categories
(Optional) Tags to describe the resource and its data.
cancer genome
variants
mRNA and miRNA sequence data
Access
(Optional) Links to the resource's data.
download
api
License
The license that is used by the resource. We use SPDX where we can (https://spdx.org/licenses/) or: "unknown", "public domain", "all rights reserved", or "custom".
unknown
License type
The type of license that is being used. This will be to define compatible data pools in the future; we only use the grossest terms now. If it is not known "TODO" is used. Current possible values are: "unknown", "copyleft", "permissive", "public domain", "copyright", "restrictive", or "closed pool".
unknown
License location
(Optional) The link to the resource license.
TBD
Focused curation
(Optional) Setting this flag to true indicates that the licensing was combinatorially complicated enough (as is the case in some commercial licenses) that the curator chose to wear a single "hat" during the process. From the site text: "While we try to cover as much of the licensing possibilities of a data resource that we can, in a few cases we may choose a particular "hat" to wear while evaluating to prevent a combinatorial explosion, which may also reduce the clarity of our curations for the community. In these cases, we may take on the role of a (1) non-commercial (2) academic (3) group that is (4) based in the US and trying to (5) create an aggregating resource, noting that other entities may have different results in the license commentary."
false
Issues
(Optional) Structured issues with the license. For every issue discovered with a resource, there should be a corresponding item in the license-issues field that marks the /exact/ violation, along with any comments. This field can be used by resources as the first step to improvement, as well as clarify any surrounding circumstances. Any issues or thoughts about a resource that do not slot into one of the criteria violations can go into the license-commentary field.
Criteria A.1.2: After searching around GDC and cancer.gov, no centralized licensing or terms could be found.
Commentary
(Optional) Further commentary on the license, possibly including the though process of the curations and things like locations of additional licenses.
• After much searching, no centralized or clear terms could be found.
• When accessing individual files, there was metadata such as \"Access\": \"open\", so it would seem that any terms, if they did exist, would unlikely be complete.
• The initial click-through contains some worrying verbiage: \"You are accessing a U.S. Government web site which may contain information that...is intended for Government authorized use only. Unauthorized attempts to...use of this web site may result in disciplinary action, civil, and/or criminal penalties...\"
• Some data would seem to require additional controls: \"GDC data is stored in a secure FISMA-compliant facility. Access to controlled data requires authorization via dbGaP. See Data Access Processes and Tools for more information.\"
• While some terms information was found at https://www.cancer.gov/policies/copyright-reuse, it seemed to be about site content rather than data.
• While licensing information could not be found, access was not problematic.
Controversial
(Optional) Marker noting that there was some extended internal discussion or controversy about the evaluation of the licensing terms. If this is marked at "true", the controversy, or a link to a permanent archive of the controversy, must be sufficiently contained in the "license-commentary" to reconstruct the issues.
false
Contacts
(Optional) Resource contact information, link, email, or whatever is public.
support@nci-gdc.datacommons.io
Grants
(Optional) Semi-structured list of supporting grants.
TBD

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