TCIA New Collection Proposal
Please answer the questions below to allow the TCIA Advisory Group to review your proposal. The group meets monthly to review new proposals. You will be invited to the next upcoming meeting to review your proposal and answer any questions. Email with any questions.
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Dataset Publication
TCIA publishes datasets in the same way that journals publish manuscripts. Each dataset is assigned a title, author list, abstract, and digital object identifier.
Suggest a descriptive title for your data set. *
The title should be similar to one you would use for the title of a manuscript.
List the authors of this data set. *
Please list all authors in the order you'd like them to appear if the data set is published on TCIA. Please include all author's OrcIDs. You can register for one at if you don't have one already.
Provide an abstract which describes your data set. *
The TCIA advisory group uses specific criteria to evaluate proposals ( Please make sure your abstract addresses these criteria. Your abstract will be used to inform TCIA users about your data set. Be sure to include patient inclusion/exclusion criteria, image acquisition protocol/parameters such as pulse sequences, slide magnifications, descriptions of any non-image data and any other information that would be helpful to people trying to use your data.
How will other researchers benefit if we add your data to TCIA? *
Provide a short explanation of scientific questions which might be answered using this data and how it is unique from the existing Collections already in TCIA.
Data Collection Details
We collect the following information to inform our data curation team about key aspects of your dataset, and to address frequently asked questions that come up in the curation process.
Provide a scientific point of contact. *
Please include name, email, and phone number for the person who we can contact to resolve any questions about this proposal and how the data were collected.
Provide a technical point of contact. *
Please provide a name, email, and phone number for any technical point(s) of contact who will be involved in sending us your data.
Provide a legal/contracts administrator who can review and sign the TCIA Data Transfer Agreement *
Please provide a name and email for a point of contact that can review and signoff on the TCIA DTA. Please note that if your collection proposal is accepted by the TCIA Advisory Group your institution will be required to agree to and sign off on our non-negotiable Data Transfer Agreement. A copy of the DTA can be found here:
What type of cancer was studied using these data? *
Which image types are included in the data set? *
Please describe the imaging data types you'd like to share.
Which kinds of supporting data are included in the data set? *
Specify the file format utilized for each type of data you'll be submitting. *
DICOM is our preferred file format. In some cases we can provide assistance with converting data from other formats into DICOM. Example answers: "CT's are saved in DICOM format", "Clinical data are saved in .CSV format", "Pathology slides are saved as .SVS files".
How many subjects are in your data set? *
How many total DICOM studies or pathology slides are in your data set? *
Example: When a patient is scanned before surgery, and then again after surgery that 1 patient would have 2 DICOM studies. If you have 100 subjects and each subject has pre and post surgery imaging then you have 200 total DICOM studies.
What is the approximate disk space that would be required to store your data set? *
Please describe any steps you've taken to modify your data prior to submitting it us. *
Examples: Have you attempted to de-identify the data already? Performed any file conversions from the source data? For radiology imaging we prefer that you use our software to de-identify the original, unmodified DICOM data where possible. Converting the images to some other format or attempting to de-identify the data using other tools typically removes important metadata that is useful for downstream research.
Does your data contain any images of patient faces? *
There is a growing literature which proves that 3-Dimensional (3D) reconstructions of human faces rendered from MRI and CT images are equivalent to photographs for identifying the human being who was imaged. If this may be an issue with your dataset we would like to discuss the ways we can handle that with you prior to submission.
Do you need to request any exceptions to TCIA's Open Access & Usage Policy? *
In support of FAIR Principles TCIA's default policy is to make all data 100% publicly accessible under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. In rare cases, we may be willing to explore exceptions to this policy.
If there is a publication you would like people to cite when utilizing this data please provide the citation.
If there are any additional publications about this data set please list them.
As a convenience to TCIA users we list these at
Please list any additional acknowledgments or funding statements you'd like us to notify users about if your data is accepted. *
Are there any time constraints associated with sharing your data set?
For example, do you have a publication that is pending availability of this data in a public archive? Will this data set be used as part of a challenge competition?
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