Changes to public data release mechanisms for sequence and study records

The European Nucleotide Archive will couple the public release of sequence records and the release of study records that contain these sequence records, with immediate effect. Under the new system, all raw read data and assembled/annotated sequence records associated with studies (PRJEBXXXX; ERPXXXXXX) will be released into the public domain as soon as the release date of the associated study has been reached and the study made public. Submitters are advised to create separate studies for different data types (reads, genome assembly data, transcriptome assembly data) if they wish to release the different data types at different times. Data that can be released together at the same time as the associated study should still be submitted under one and the same study accession. This change is introduced to simplify user and ENA processes at the time of data release.

Related FAQs

How do I change the status of a study from confidential to public?

  1. Log into your Webin submission account: https://www.ebi.ac.uk/ena/submit/sra/#home
  2. Go to the 'Studies' tab and select your study of interest
  3. Click on the 'pencil' next to the date in the 'Release data' column, this will open a calendar to allow you modify the date
  4. Change the date to the new release date (this can be the same day which will change the 'Status' from 'confidential' to 'public' or it can be set to another date)

How can I extend the release date of a study?

  1. Log into your Webin submission account: https://www.ebi.ac.uk/ena/submit/sra/#home
  2. Go to the 'Studies' tab and select your study of interest
  3. Click on the 'pencil' next to the date in the 'Release data' column, this will open a calendar to allow you modify the date
  4. Change the date to the new release date in the future to extend the release date

What do I do if I want to submit read data associated with a study which I want to become public at the same time as the study but I also have genome assembly data and transcriptome assembly data related to the same organism which I want to keep confidential for longer and each being released at a different time?

Please create separate studies for each data type if you do not wish to release all data types at the same time. In the above scenario, please create:

  • 1 study to be associated with the read data and release date X
  • 1 study to be associated with the genome assembly data and release date Y
  • 1 study to be associated with the transcriptome assembly data and release date Z