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Fig. 1: The ICGC Data Portal Facet Search interface.
Fig. 2: Using the ICGC Data Portal.

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Software code of the ICGC infrastructure, including the ICGC Data Portal, is available at under the GNU General Public License Version 3.

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The authors received support for this work from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) through funding provided by the government of Ontario.

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V.F. and J.Z. led the system design and implementation with contributions from L.D.S., D.A. and R.B.; D.A. and A.L. contributed to the software architecture design and coding; J.Z., R.B. and H.N.-B. contributed to system quality control; F.G. managed the software developer team. The manuscript was prepared by R.B. and V.F. with contributions from L.D.S., J.Z. and D.A. All authors reviewed the manuscript.

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Zhang, J., Bajari, R., Andric, D. et al. The International Cancer Genome Consortium Data Portal. Nat Biotechnol 37, 367–369 (2019).

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