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How to Use and Access SPARC Data?

A guide that explains the basic SPARC dataset structure, how to interact with the dataset, and how to access or download a dataset.
Updated at: 08/30/2021


The key offering of the SPARC Portal is the collection of well-curated, high-impact data that is being generated by SPARC-funded researchers. These datasets, along with other SPARC projects and computational simulations, can be found under the Find Data section of the SPARC Portal. While the SPARC Portal shows only the publicly available datasets, new datasets are added regularly as research on this program progresses.

About SPARC datasets

You can see how SPARC datasets are formatted on the Overview of a SPARC dataset page.

For more detailed information about how SPARC datasets are structured and how to navigate them, please see Navigating a SPARC dataset.

For more detailed information about how to cite SPARC datasets, please see Instructions for SPARC Investigators to Cite their Datasets in Manuscripts.

Accessing SPARC datasets

Users can get access to public datasets directly through the SPARC Portal. Datasets smaller than 5GB can be downloaded directly through the browser. In order to access the public datasets, go to the Find Data tab and select one of the datasets. Then, click on the Get Dataset button for information on where to get the specific dataset.

Importantly, all datasets, regardless of size, can be accessed on Amazon's S3 service using your own AWS account. For datasets larger than 5GB, you can follow the instructions provided on Accessing Public Datasets.