Advances in DNA sequencing technologies, as well as a steep drop in sequencing costs, have enabled NIH to fund research that generates a greater volume and wide range of genomic data. In light of these developments, NIH decided to extend the current GWAS Policy to encompass data from a broader spectrum of human and non-human genomic research.
On September 20, 2013, NIH released a draft Genomic Data Sharing Policy (GDS Policy) for a 60-day public comment period that closed November 20, 2013.
The draft GDS Policy is available at http://www.federalregister.gov/a/2013-22941, and the public comments can be viewed at http://gds.nih.gov/pdf/GDS_Policy_Public_Comments.pdf.
On November 6, 2013, NIH hosted a webinar to provide an overview of the draft Genomic Data Sharing Policy and answer questions about its scope and expectations.
You can watch the archived webinar at https://webmeeting.nih.gov/p7sqo6avp6j/.
The webinar agenda is available at http://gds.nih.gov/pdf/webinar_agenda.pdf and the presentation slides are available at http://gds.nih.gov/pdf/webinar_slides.pdf.
Online System to Register Studies and Access Data in dbGaP
In an effort to reduce burden, NIH has developed an online system for researchers and their institutional officials to register studies and access data in dbGaP. The online system introduces a number of time-saving features, such as automatically completing data fields from other sources, for example, using Commons to provide the investigator's name, institution, and Institutional Signing Official. Tutorials on the online forms for study registration and data access are available at:
- dbGaP: Complete a Study Registration
- dbGaP: Renew Authorized Access
- dbGaP: Close Out a Controlled Access Project
Additional information can be found in the NIH Guide Notice at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-065.html