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Navigating the Portal

At a very high level, let’s go over the basic structure of the portal so you can navigate it successfully. Landing on the portal, you’ll find a menu along the top with different tabs to choose from:

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Let’s go through each one so you understand how to navigate the portal in a way that best suits your needs.

The Explore tab isn’t a page on its own, but a menu of subtabs/pages to choose from:

These items correspond to the different ways in which you can filter and view data.

For example, the Programs page lists all programs, so you can find and select one of interest to visit that program’s specific page, which will list all of its associated projects and studies. The Projects or Studies page lists all projects/studies. All of these pages operate in the same way—access any one to view data based on that category.

See this page for a more detailed breakdown of these portal components.

Each of these pages have helpful filtering tools in order to narrow down your search and find precisely the content you’re looking for. Find detailed instructions for using the filtering tools here.

The one exception to this general layout is the Results page, which offers a link out to Agora, which you can read about here.

The Analysis Platforms tab includes information about available integrations between the AD Knowledge Portal and external analysis platforms. These integration options provide alternatives to direct download of data, extending the interoperability of data in the AD Knowledge Portal.

The Data Access tab includes both information about how to obtain access to data held within the portal and a list of past Intended Data Use Statements.

Although anyone can view data readily from the portal (thanks to our open data sharing model), you need a Synapse account in order to download data.

Data held in the portal falls into two categories: Open and Controlled Use. While Open data is available for all registered Synapse users without limitations, Controlled Use data is available to registered, certified, or validated Synapse users that fulfill specific requirements for data access, including a signed Data Use Certificate (DUC) and Intended Data Use Statement.

Find instructions to register for a Synapse account and to submit a DUC here.

The Contribute tab includes information about how to contribute data to the Portal, either as a member of one of the Portal’s supported programs or as a Community Contributor.

The News tab links to a site dedicated to AD portal-related news and information. You can read feature stories and press releases, view regular data release updates, watch educational webinars with members of the AD Consortia, and subscribe to our bimonthly newsletter.

The Help tab brings you to this help site!

Now that you know how to navigate the portal from a high level, visit this page to learn about how information/data is organized within the portal. Once you’re familiar with the portal’s information architecture, you may want to learn how to Access Data.

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