The Stem Cell Commons
The number of high-throughput sequencing applications is ever-increasing which, along with consistently plummeting costs, has significantly increased the accessibility of this technology. However, progress has comparatively lagged behind in making bioinformatics solutions available to wet lab biologists that allow them to manage and explore their data as straightforwardly as they can now produce it.
Consequently, we have developed the Stem Cell Commons platform for the Harvard Stem Cell Institute to provide non-specialists with solutions for storing data, executing popular analysis workflows (e.g. RNA-seq, ChIP-seq), and visualizing results.
Our goal is that this platform encourages more stem cell biologists to pursue high-throughput sequencing experiments and particularly enables them to independently explore their data to foster new insights.
All data and tools are open source for the Stem Cell Commons are freely available and can be accessed through our public site:
For help, see The Stem Cell Commons Tutorial
Search for and
Over 200 Stem Cell-related Data Sets
Find data relevant to your studies using full-text search and annotation-based visual exploration of stem cell-related transcriptomics and epigenomics data sets.
Your Own Data Sets
Import data files along with structured metadata to establish a searchable repository for all of your projects.
Your Own or Public Data Sets
Launch workflows for FastQC, ChIP-seq peak calling, and RNA-seq quantification.
With your Colleagues on your Analyses
Add collaborators to your data sets/analyses by sending invitation emails directly through the Stem Cell Commons.
Access Tools that Allow You to
Studies and Document Findings
Results of your Analyses
Launch the Integrative Genomics Viewer (IGV) directly from the Stem Cell Commons to explore genomic data or visualize FastQC results.
Data and Analysis Results
Data sets and associated analyses can be published at the click of a button to share your findings with the scientific community.