Principles of metadata organization at the ENCODE data coordination center

Eurie L. Hong, Cricket A. Sloan, Esther T. Chan, Jean M. Davidson, Venkat S. Malladi, J. Seth Strattan, Benjamin C. Hitz, Idan Gabdank, Aditi K. Narayanan, Marcus Ho, Brian T. Lee, Laurence D. Rowe, Timothy R. Dreszer, Greg R. Roe, Nikhil R. Podduturi, Forrest Tanaka, Jason A. Hilton, J. Michael Cherry

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The Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) Data Coordinating Center (DCC) is responsible for organizing, describing and providing access to the diverse data generated by the ENCODE project. The description of these data, known as metadata, includes the biological sample used as input, the protocols and assays performed on these samples, the data files generated from the results and the computational methods used to analyze the data. Here, we outline the principles and philosophy used to define the ENCODE metadata in order to create a metadata standard that can be applied to diverse assays and multiple genomic projects. In addition, we present how the data are validated and used by the ENCODE DCC in creating the ENCODE Portal (

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberbaw001
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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