Frequently Asked Questions


What model types can I submit to CancerModels.Org?
PDX, organoids and cell lines

Can I submit image data to CancerModels.Org?
Yes, we do accept image data at CancerModels.Org. We ask you to submit your image data to the Bio-image archive. Please contact us for submission Envelope Icon.


Which sheet needs to be filled for Organoid and cell line models?
As of now, CancerModels.Org accepts organoid and cell line model information in the ‘cell model’ sheet of the metadata template. We collect information such as model name, supplier information, growth properties, external IDs, etc. Please add any other relevant information in the comments field. CancerModels.Org are currently in the process of standardising MI standard for organoids models.

What are the six sections of CancerModels.Org metadata template?
The six sections of CancerModels.Org metadata template cover the clinical and model information using these six sheets: patient, patient sample, sharing, pdx model, model validation, cell model.

Molecular data

What molecular data types do CancerModels.Org accept?
CancerModels.Org currently accepts, but not limited to, gene expression, mutation, copy number alterations, biomarker, drug dosing studies, and patient treatment data.

I have a molecular data type other than currently accepted by CancerModels.Org?
Please contact the CancerModels.Org team mentioning the data type and data format.

Data formats

Can I submit gene expression matrix data for submitting gene expression data?
If you have a two-dimensional matrix with a gene per row and a sample per column. For each gene-sample pair, a real number represents the gene expression in that sample. Please transform your data into a columnar representation while referring to the gene expression template. Kindly make sure the data is structured in a similar way to the template and share this transformed data with us.

My genomic data is on GRCh37 genome assembly. Can I submit this data?
For submitting genomic data to CancerModels.Org, you do not need to lift your data to recent genome assembly as we have our liftover and annotation pipeline for it.

We have different replicates for each PDOX and I wonder, how do I fill this information in the template?
Recommended: Please use a unique RNA sequencing ID (sample ID) for each replicate, and provide a separate file for each replicate and name using the same ID.

Data sharing/exchange

How can I share the data files?
The data files can be shared via FTP, email, secure file sharing services such as Box, DropBox, Google Drive etc. If you have an API/endpoint from where the data can be fetched, that also works.

Submit your PDCM data to cancermodels.org to increase their visibility

To start the process please contact cancermodels.org team: submissions Envelope Icon

Why and what to submit

Learn about the benefits of submitting your data to CancerModels.Org and what data types and formats to submit here

Submission process

Learn more about our data submission process and additional resources