Q: I wish to get involved with FAANG activites but there seems that a lot is going on.
How can I get started?
A: Please refer to our Steps to get involved page to find a chip in point. In addition:
- to find a contact point from the current active project leaders: click here
- to see currently funded projects for more information: click here
Q: I found a dataset publically available on ENA site (http://www.ebi.ac.uk/ena/), but
fail to find any publication associated with it. Can I download the dataset and do
some analysis? It is not clear to me that according to the Data Sharing Statement
of FAANG, we can or cannot use this data?
A: I suppose as long as you follow the guidelines set forth in The FAANG Data Sharing
Statement (http://www.faang.org/data-share-principle) cited by the project abstract
(http://www.ebi.ac.uk/ena), you can download and analyze the data and cite the data
source in related publications. Consult your advisor if there are items not
articulated clearly; If there are situations not well described in the FAANG Data
Sharing Statement, please have your advisor contact the authors of the data to get
In addition, I would suggest you contact the submitters of the data for more details
in terms of the use of the data and to potentially collaborate.
Q: I wish to collaborate with someone in my field for a grant application, is there a way
to find those who are also interested and how we can get connected?
A: Yes. On our Funding Oppotunities page, there are attached message boards for members
to post messages and proposed application title and contact information. This is
designed to help people to get into group actions when they get in touch off the line.
Q: Can I get a support letter from FAANG for my grant application? What do I need
in order to get one?
A: The Steering Committee Co-Chairs can provide a Letter of Support (LOS), provided
that your project is willing to state that the data will be made publically
available per the FAANG Data Sharing Statement. The expectation is that the
proposed Principal Investigator/Director or co-PI/PD is a member of FAANG, and has
agreed to these principles already. We further require that FAANG-supported projects
to submit data to BioSamples in accordance with current FAANG Metadata standards,
and cooperate with the FAANG Data Coordination Centre, as appropriate. Please see
draft letters for additional details.
Q: Are FAANG members required to submit their sequences with FAANG labeled as affiliation
of some sort? How to identify submitted data from FAANG projects?
A: FAANG members are required to follow the agreements of the FAANG data sharing statement
(http://www.faang.org/data-share-principle), and should submit their data to the public
archives following the FAANG submission instructions
Following these instructions will ensure that submitted data will be correctly identified,
meet the required metadata standards and indexed in the FAANG Data Portal.
Once the data is available through a public archive, it will normally be indexed within
24 hours. If there are particular studies that people believe should be available through
the FAANG data portal but are not there, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the
accession numbers to report it for investigation.
Q: How can I access FAANG data?
A: FAANG data are processed and archived at FAANG Data Portal (https://data.faang.org).
ALERT: Remember, these data are public because someone submitted them to the data portal,
often ahead of publication. Please read the FAANG Principles of data sharing
(https://www.faang.org/data-share-principle), which are on the FAANG website and also on
the data portal site, to understand and observe your obligations.
You may continue to see the rest of the text if you READ and AGREE to above principals;
otherwise please STOP Here.
The data access points are hyper-linked from the key words in the paragraphs of "Using
this site" descriptions, such as Organisms, Specimens, Dataset, Files, as illustrated in
this screen shot:
The data portal site is designed to use filters for users to browse into the data with
proper focus. Users can easily select or de-select filters to change the scope through
which data are listed (as shown in the screen shot below).
There is also a Search window if users have specific data scope to list the data.