General BDC FAQs

BDC Frequently Asked Questions

What is BDC?
NHLBI BioData Catalyst® (BDC) is a cloud-based ecosystem that offers researchers data, analytic tools, applications, and workflows in secure workspaces. It ...
Wed, 14 Jun, 2023 at 12:16 PM
Who are we?
You can find information about who we are, our culture, our principal investigators (PIs), the partners empowering our ecosystem, and how we are organized v...
Wed, 29 Sep, 2021 at 6:50 PM
What can BDC do for you?
For research investigators who need to find, access, share, store, and compute on large scale datasets, BDC serves as a cloud-based ecosystem providing tool...
Wed, 14 Jun, 2023 at 12:15 PM
What data is available in BDC?
The BDC ecosystem currently hosts a number of controlled and open datasets: Long COVID data: Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery (RECOVER) Subset of ...
Wed, 1 May, 2024 at 4:02 PM
Does BDC follow the TOPMed timetable for releasing TOPMed data?
Yes, the same policies for release of data used by TOPMed are enforced by BDC.
Wed, 25 Jan, 2023 at 8:54 AM
How much does it cost to use BDC? Are cloud credits available?
BDC hosts a number of datasets available for analysis to users with appropriate data access approvals. Users are not charged for the storage of these hosted...
Wed, 14 Jun, 2023 at 11:50 AM
Where do I direct my question regarding BDC?
BDC Help Desk Directory  Need help with where to direct your question? Please see the directory below to understand the best option for directing your help...
Wed, 14 Jun, 2023 at 11:52 AM
How do I cite and acknowledge BDC?
For citation and acknowledgement language, please see the BDC GitBook.
Wed, 25 Jan, 2023 at 8:58 AM
Do I need dbGaP approval to access controlled datasets in BDC?
Yes, dbGaP approval is needed to access controlled datasets in BDC. Users with eRA Commons credentials (see Understanding eRA Commons Accounts) can access t...
Wed, 14 Jun, 2023 at 11:54 AM
How do I request access to controlled datasets in BDC?
A principal investigator (PI) must follow the normal dbGaP process by submitting a Data Access Request (DAR). Once the DAR has been approved in dbGaP by the...
Wed, 14 Jun, 2023 at 12:18 PM