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The NCI Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilots Become NCI Cloud Resources

The Cancer Genomics Cloud (CGC) Pilots, launched in 2016, are providing cancer researchers access to genomic data co-located with the elastic compute of the cloud and a variety of analytic tools and pipelines.  Many in the cancer research community have come to rely on the Cloud platforms built by the Broad Institute, the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), and Seven Bridges (SB) for their cancer research, and plan to continue to use them into the future. Recognizing the value these platforms are bringing to the research community, NCI will be continuing to support them beyond the pilot phase as Cloud Resources.

What will the Cloud Resources provide?

  • The three CGC platforms — Broad FireCloud, ISB CGC, and SB CGC — will continue to operate, and will become known as NCI Cloud Resources.
  • The Cloud Resources will continue to provide secure access to data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), and Therapeutically Applicable Research to Generate Effective Treatments (TARGET). Within the next year, these data will be accessed through a cloud-based version of the Genomic Data Commons (GDC), synchronized with the GDC instance at the University of Chicago. Controlled access data will remain available to dbGaP-authorized users. 
  • All three Cloud Resources will continue to provide support for data access through a web UI and API, access to analytic tools and workflows, and the capability of sharing results with collaborators. Each Cloud Resource will also develop new functionality to improve the user experience and add new tools for researchers.
  • The Cloud Resources will continue efforts to provide analytic support for data types beyond genomics, including radiologic images, pathology slide images and proteomic data. In the past year, some of these additional data types have already been incorporated into the Cloud Resources — for example, images from The Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA) and data from the Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium (CPTAC).

Check back on this website in September for updates and more information.

All three Cloud Resources are now available!

Read the blog post by Dr. Tony Kerlavage about how the CGC Pilots (now the NCI Cloud Resources) and the GDC fit into the National Cancer Knowledge System.

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