DATA RELEASE POLICY
(UPDATE as of February 2003)
for the C. neoformans Genome Project
Our funding agency, the NIAID, has recently (November 18, 2002) reiterated
the most essential point of our policy. "For genomic data, details should be
provided in the plan to assure that sequence data release and usage will
support the principal that high quality, primary genomic sequencing data
should be rapidly and freely released to the broad scientific community
without restriction prior to publication and reconcile the interests of the
scientific community for early data release and those of the sequencing centers.
Plan must recognize the widely accepted ethic in the scientific community that
those who generate the primary genomic data and preliminary
genome-wide data analysis should have priority to publish the work in a
peer-reviewed journal in a timely manner" (emphasis added; OMB No. 0990-
0115). Please remember that a "timely manner" includes time for finishing.
We ask that users of our unpublished sequence data respect our (SGTC and
TIGR) intention to publish the complete, accurate, and annotated sequence of
the C. neoformans genome, along with our large-scale interpretation of
that genome sequence, as soon as finishing and annotation are completed. In this
context, "large-scale" refers to regions the size of the whole genome or
individual chromosome arms. Examples of large-scale interpretations include
(but are not limited to) identification of regions of evolutionary conservation
across the genome and/or individual chromosomes, identification of complete sets
of genomic features such as genes, gene-families, biochemical and metabolic
pathways, repeat structures, G+C content.
To avoid any possible misunderstanding, please Email Dr. Richard Hyman
because there will be serious consequences to any violators of our data release
policy (see Hyman
letter to the editor of Science).
With this single exception, the pre-publication data are available for all
other scientific uses (e.g., array design) as follows:
Publications of results should refer to the specific version or date
of the data release and include the following citation:
"C. neoformans Genome Project, Stanford Genome Technology Center,
funded by the NIAID/NIH under cooperative agreement AI47087, and The
Institute for Genomic Research, funded by the NIAID/NIH under
cooperative agreement U01 AI48594."
Users are free to download the C. neoformans genome sequence
for their own use and that of others within their research environment.
This data release policy must be displayed to all users of the
We explicitly request that users not serve our C. neoformans
genome sequence data to external users. For an exception to our
request, you must receive explicit written permission from Dr. Richard
By proceeding into the C. neoformans genome sequence data, you
are acknowledging that you have read, understood, and will abide by
the C. neoformans Genome Project data release policy.