JGI has support from DOE to delay the release of sequencing data to NCBI until the utilization restrictions are lifted. If this proposed policy change is adopted, user data would still be made available under the current immediate release policy on JGI portals under the terms of the JGI’s Data Release and Utilization Policies. In JGI portals, these policies must be acknowledged before data can be accessed or downloaded, providing JGI with means for enforcement of use restrictions if needed.
DOE would also like to reevaluate the current time period for exclusive use. Under the new policies data would be made public via appropriate public databases such as NCBI at the earliest of three points: publication of primary analysis report by JGI user PIs, after the set period of exclusive use expires, or at the request of the PIs.
With these policy changes in mind, JGI is also initiating changes to increase clarity and ease of use, including tagging use-restricted data sets in JGI portals (beyond existing publication flags).