Before you can start analyzing your data, you need to create a project. There are two types of projects on the CGC, Open and Controlled Data Projects.


Protecting Controlled Data

Controlled Data Projects protect Controlled Data by restricting access to users with dbGaP access permissions to TCGA Controlled Data and TARGET Controlled Data.

To create a project:

  1. Click the Projects tab on the top navigation bar and select Create a project from the drop-down menu.

Create a project

  1. Name your project.


Unique project URL

Your project will be assigned a short name based on the name that you give it. While you may re-name your project from the project Settings, you cannot change short name after your project is created. The short name is used as an ID to refer to the project when using the API, and also appears in the URL for the project, which is used to access it in your web browser.

  1. Define the project type if you have Controlled Data access. If you don't have Controlled Data access, all your projects are Open Data Projects by default.


Choosing your project type

If you have access to Controlled Data, you can choose between the two types of projects. The checkbox next to This project will contain Controlled Data will be automatically checked. Deselect the checkbox if you'd like to create an Open Data Project.

  1. Set your Billing Group.


Computation and Storage Credits

Your CGC account comes with Amazon Web Services (AWS) computation and storage credits. You should be able to run your first analysis without adding additional funding.

  1. Define your project location. Unless you plan to do extensive analyses on data you might have in the Google Cloud Platform (google:us-west1 region), keep the location setting as is (aws:us-east-1).
  2. (Optional) Change your spot/preemptible instance preference.
  3. (Optional) Enable memoization.
  4. Click Create to finish.


Change the Project URL

Note that before you click Create, you can edit your project's URL and, by association, its short name.