The Data Catalog Collaboration Project (DCCP) is open source, and we hope that other institutions will adopt the Data Catalog and implement it at their own institutions. The more institutions that join the DCCP, the more we can work together to make hard-to-find biomedical research data more discoverable.  The full documentation for the DCCP to help you get started is available through the Open Science Framework.

Institutions who seek to join the DCCP will need to have a developer well-versed in PHP in order to implement the Data Catalog. Additional resources that help with implementation include free time to do outreach, attend meetings, and index new datasets for the catalog.

If you are interested in joining the DCCP as a collaborating member, please contact:

Kevin Read, DCCP Project Lead:

The DCCP has created an open sandbox to interact with the Data Catalog as if it were installed locally at your institution. Within it you can create new metadata and add records for datasets. The system resets every evening at midnight so your entries will not be stored.

test data catalog

Open source code

The DCCP has made all of its code available on GitHub. We encourage other institutions looking to make their data discoverable to implement the code and join the DCCP.



The DCCP ensures that the most recent version of its metadata is always available. We adapt the metadata as each institution encounters new use cases.  The metadata is described in two key documents:

Master Metadata Schema

  • Contains our most up to date metadata schema used by the DCCP

Metadata Documentation

  • Provides details on how to curate biomedical datasets using the metadata schema. This document provides instructions on how to enter metadata for each element.

quality control

To ensure that the Data Catalog is kept up to date, the metadata is accurate, and the technology is functioning correctly, we have developed comprehensive quality control documentation that includes guidance and scheduled maintenance. 

data catalog faq

For new and interested members of the DCCP, we have detailed FAQ's to help implement the Data Catalog, contact researchers, and curate data.