Past Events


GDC Launch event

The Genomic Data Commons, a next-generation platform that enables unprecedented data access, analysis and sharing for cancer research, publicly launched at the University of Chicago on June 6, opening the door to discoveries for this complex set of diseases.

The Genomic Data Commons went live with approximately 4.1 petabytes of data from National Cancer Institute-supported research programs, including some of the largest and most comprehensive cancer genomics datasets in the world—such as The Cancer Genome Atlas and Therapeutically Applicable Research to Generate Effective Treatments and more than 14,000 anonymized patient cases. One petabyte equals 1 million gigabytes.

Vice President Joe Biden toured the Genomic Data Commons operations center at the University of Chicago in advance of his appearance to announce the project June 6 at the annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology.


2011-2015 osdc Pire workshops

The Open Science Data Cloud (OSDC) international workshops, funded in part by the NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program, gathered young researchers and experts to discuss challenges and solutions to the growing wealth of data in all scientific fields. Participants from North and South America, Japan, and Europe, engaged in talks, hands-on tutorials, and lively discussion. The workshops were designed as opportunities to develop new insights, new understanding, and lasting international research collaborations.