How to Submit Data to FaceBase
The FaceBase repository is open for data submissions from the craniofacial research community. Learn about the many advantages to contributing data to FaceBase.
Submit your data for review
Please fill out the following form to let us know of your interest in contributing data to our repository. The FaceBase Consortium will review your application to make sure the data is within scope of the program and may contact you for more information.
Please review the following information before filling out the form:
- Data Access Policies: Understand our policies for accessing open vs. controlled (human PII) data.
- Current Data Priorities: View the types of data that are particularly valuable for our repository to increase its usefulness to the community.
You will be asked to refer to the Current Data Priorities page and let us know how your data is within scope and provides value to the craniofacial research community.
Click here to fill out the Data Submission Form
If your data is derived from human subjects
if any of your data is derived from human subjects, FaceBase will require demonstration that the participants have consented to having their data shared publicly, through controlled access. The submitting institution is required to submit an Institutional Certification verifying this information.
For institutions outside the United States interested in submitting human data, there is an IRB process in place that you can follow.
For questions related to IRBs, please consult the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' site for the Office of Human Protections (OHRP), in particular Register IRBs & Obtain FWAs.
Uploading your data to the FaceBase repository
This information is for those who have gone through the review process and whose data has been approved for upload to the FaceBase repository.
Use the documentation at the link below to learn how to get editing access, add metadata and upload your files:
If you have questions
Send us your comments, questions, and requests for help at:
Advantages to contributing data to FaceBase
There are many reasons to share your data on FaceBase:
- Trust: FaceBase is a trusted resource with a long history of sharing high-quality biomedical research data.
- NIH-affiliated: FaceBase is an NIH-affiliated data repository.
- FAIR principles: We comply with FAIR principles (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability) by:
- Providing access to the original source data from experiments.
- Including related protocols describing how each experiment was conducted
- Implementing a flexible system that allows as to adjust quickly to newly emerging, cutting edge data formats
- Using ontologies or controlled vocabularies whenever possible for metadata.
- Providing complex linkages between metadata and data from various datasets.
- Journal-worth citations: All data records are citable following publishers' best practices. Datasets provide publication-grade Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) and every data record provides formatted data citations (per publisher recommendations) and the ability to export citations into reference managers (e.g., EndNote). See How to Cite Us for more details.
- Visualizations: Depending on the data types, pipelines automatically generate 2D and 3D visualizations and plots from source files.
- Link to external sources: Integrate with data deposited in other sources like GEO and dbGaP and provide more complete metadata to comply with FAIR principles, improve transparency and reusability, etc.
- Annotate your 2D images: Annotatations can provide citable images for presentations and publications. They can also be excellent educational resources.
- Personal support: Once your data is approved, the Hub will meet with you to hold a tutorial specifically for your data and guide you through the submission and curation process.
- Embargo your data: Upload and curate your data, but then keep it embargoed until your paper is published or until you are ready to release your data.
Upload early and often: To improve your submission experience, we encourage you to upload data and keep it embargoed while you’re gathering your data, so you don’t have to do it all in one push at the end. Learning about our data model and the organization used for data upload can help your lab organize your files so that the process is easier and faster. So feel free to reach out to the FaceBase Hub at firstname.lastname@example.org even before you start gathering your data.