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Welcome to the NIH Cloud Guidebook

The goal of this set of documents is to provide a living resource for the NIH intramural and extramural communities that captures current best practices in using the public Cloud Service Providers (CSP) in support of biomedical research. An overview of the main document sections are shown in the figure below.

It is being developed initially by members of the NIH Data Commons Pilot Program Consortium (DCPPC) but is intended to be an open document that others can contribute to. There are many groups with considerable experience in this area and the intent is to provide one location where the lessons learned and best practices can be documented, accessed by the community and improved over time as refinements are made and new approaches discovered.

Current Status

The initial focus of this document is on on-boarding datasets to the cloud as this is a clear need for many projects and is often a necessary first step towards creation of more fully-featured environments that contain tools, pipelines and other analyses that act on this data.

We have sections that cover general Cloud background information, the potential benefits of the Cloud and some examples of significant Cloud projects already in place at NIH. These sections are necessarily brief at the current time as there is significant existing material that covers these topics and so we are putting our effort into the more biomedically-oriented content that is not well described to this point.

How to contribute

If you see sections that you would like to contribute to, that you think are incorrect or need modifications, please see the About this Guide section for more details. A first step would be to create a new Issue discussing the change you would like to see. For those who are willing and able to work with the markdown content directly, we encourage you to clone this repository, make your desired changes and then submit a pull request so that your additions can be reviewed and then integrated into the main documentation. More specific details about how to contribute are available here.