The Data Catalog provides a simple search interface to discover biomedical research data at the local institution where that data is located. Because we do not require researchers to share their data in a repository, much of the research data you will find in each respective Data Catalog is not available anywhere else.

locate research data not discoverable by other means

The Data Catalog allows researchers to describe their data in order to make it discoverable, but it does not require them to share the data. The Data Catalog allows users to make requests for data directly through the author, an administrator, or a repository.

 Example of biomedical research data set as shown in the NYU Data Catalog

Example of biomedical research data set as shown in the NYU Data Catalog


Use flexible metadata to describe the diverse range of biomedical research data

The Data Catalog metadata accommodates all types of research data. Whether the data comes from a basic science lab or a clinical trial, the Data Catalog describes that data and improves its discoverability. The DCCP also updates metadata regularly to meet specific use cases.


the data catalog has interoperable metadata

Because the Data Catalog metadata is flexible, it can be mapped to any repository or discovery system. The DCCP has been working on making sure that the Data Catalog aligns with national initiatives. Our metadata has been mapped to the Data Tag Suite (DATS) developed by NIH bioCADDIE to ensure that it can be indexed in national discovery systems like DataMed.

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Mapping of Data Catalog to DATS on GitHub