How do I get access to data?
In order to protect Project participants' data, 100,000 Genomes Project data can only be accessed through a secure Research Environment. To access the data for research, you must be a member of the Genomics England Clinical Interpretation Partnership (GeCIP), the research community set up to analyse the Project data. You can apply to join the GeCIP on our website.
To be eligible for data access as a GeCIP member, you must meet these requirements:
- Your institution has signed the GeCIP Participation Agreement, which outlines the key principles that members of each institution must adhere to, including our Intellectual Property and Publication Policy. See if your institution has signed here.
- Your institution has verified you are affiliated with that institution. We contact institutions regularly to ask them to review their current list of affiliated GeCIP members, so no action is required on your part. This step is necessary to make sure we know who is accessing the data, in line with the consent that project participants have given.
- Your domain has submitted a detailed research plan and it has been approved by the Genomics England Access Review Committee. See the status of your domain's detailed research plan here.
Certain other individuals have access to some of the Project data. For example, students on the MSc Genomic Medicine can be given access to a small subset of data for teaching purposes, approved individuals from certain commercial companies have access to some data for research, and individuals involved in the pilot phase of the programme have access to pilot data.
Why don't all GeCIP members have access to the data yet?
The Research Environment has been built to allow researchers to use the Project data to its full potential while also providing protection for participants' data. This nontraditional approach has come with some challenges, and we have taken a staged approach to access so that we can monitor the load on the environment and carry out further development as necessary. Thank you for your patience while we work to provide access to all members of the GeCIP.
I'm a GeCIP member - when will I get access?
As of March 2019, 38 GeCIP domains have been granted access to the data, guided by the order of approval of their detailed research plans. These are:
Endocrine and metabolism
- Hearing and sight
- Inherited cancer predisposition
- Immune disorders
- Non-malignant haematological and haemostasis disorders
- Colorectal cancer
- Breast cancer
- Lung cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Cancer of unknown primary
- Haematological malignancy
- Renal cell carcinoma
- Testicular cancer
- Upper gastrointestinal cancer
- Neuroendocrine tumours
- Head and neck cancer
- Childhood solid cancers
- Quantitative methods, machine learning and functional genomics
Electronic health records
- Health economics
- Enhanced interpretation
- Ethics and social science
When happens when I get access to the data?
You will be sent an email containing a link to complete Information Governance training. This training is a requirement for you to access the data. After you have completed the training, you will need to wait for your access to the Research Environment to be granted. This will generally take up to one working day. You will then receive an email letting you know your account has been given access to the environment, and instructions for logging in.
If you already have a Research Environment account for other reasons, your account will be updated to give you access to the Main Programme data within the Research Environment, and you will receive an email informing you of this.
I can see the data even though some of my domains don't have access. Can I start work?
You may be a member of multiple GeCIP domains. If at least one of these domains has been given access and you meet the requirements above, you will have been given an account to access the data.
Although all domains can see all Project data (although their access to domain-specific shared folders differs), you should not start work on domain-specific analysis until your domain has been given access. Please see above for the domains who have access to data.
I think I should have access to the data. What should I do?
If you are a GeCIP member, your domain has been granted access, and your institution has signed the Participation Agreement and verified your affiliation, you should have had an account created to access the data. Accounts are created in batches rather than individually, so please allow up to a few weeks after verification to receive your details. If you still haven't received account details, please submit a ticket to the Genomics England Service Desk. (You will need to register for the Service Desk if it is your first time using it).
If your institution or email address changes, please let us know by submitting a ticket as above, so that your details are sent to the right place.