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Grantees of OSDC resource allocations should cite the OSDC or Bionimbus PDC in their work. This page lists credit lines appropriate for citing the use of the OSDC or Bionimbus-PDC. Please acknowledge the proper resource by using the appropriate credit line.


“This work made use of the Open Science Data Cloud (OSDC) which is an Open Commons Consortium (OCC)-sponsored project. This work was supported in part by grants from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the National Science Foundation and major contributions from OCC members like the University of Chicago.”

Reference: Grossman RL, Greenway M, Heath AP, Powell R, Suarez R, Wells W, White KP, Atkinson M, Klampanos I, Alvarez H, Harvey C and Mambretti J, The Design of a Community Science Cloud: The Open Science Data Cloud Perspective. (2012) doi:10.1109/SC.Companion.2012.127


  author    = {Robert L. Grossman and
         Matthew Greenway and
         Allison P. Heath and
         Ray Powell and
         Rafael D. Suarez and
         Walt Wells and
         Kevin P. White and
         Malcolm P. Atkinson and
         Iraklis A. Klampanos and
         Heidi L. Alvarez and
         Christine Harvey and
         Joe Mambretti},
  title     = {The Design of a Community Science Cloud: The Open Science
         Data Cloud Perspective},
  booktitle = {SC Companion},
  year      = {2012},
  pages     = {1051-1057},
  ee        = {},
  crossref  = {DBLP:conf/sc/2012c},
  bibsource = {DBLP,}

  title     = {2012 SC Companion: High Performance Computing, Networking
           Storage and Analysis, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, November
           10-16, 2012},
  booktitle = {SC Companion},
  publisher = {IEEE Computer Society},
  year      = {2012},
  isbn      = {978-1-4673-6218-4},
  ee        = {},
  bibsource = {DBLP,}

Bionimbus PDC

“This work made use of the Bionimbus Protected Data Cloud (PDC), which is a collaboration between the University of Chicago Center for Data Intensive Science (CDIS) and the Open Commons Consortium (OCC). The Bionimbus PDC allows users authorized by NIH to compute over human genomic data in a secure compliant fashion. The Bionimbus PDC is part of the OSDC ecosystem.”

Reference: Heath AP, Greenway M, Powell R, Spring J, Suarez R, Hanley D, Bandlamudi C, McNerney ME, White KP and Grossman RL, Bionimbus: A Cloud for Managing, Analyzing and Sharing Large Genomics Datasets. J Am Med Inform Assoc (2014) doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2013-002155


  author = {Heath, Allison P and Greenway, Matthew and Powell, Raymond and Spring,
    Jonathan and Suarez, Rafael and Hanley, David and Bandlamudi, Chai and McNerney,
    Megan E and White, Kevin P and Grossman, Robert L},
  title = {Bionimbus: a cloud for managing, analyzing and sharing large genomics datasets},
  year = {2014},
  doi = {10.1136/amiajnl-2013-002155},
  URL = {},
  eprint = {},
  journal = {Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association}