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Why can't I see all the genomes in the 'genomes/by_date' folder?ΒΆ


For some folders in the genomes/by_date folder, I receive the error: "Failed to open directory ...".

Why is this the case? Shouldn't I be able to see all genomes in that folder?


This is a very common question! The genomes/by_date folder contains all genomes delivered to Genomics England by our sequencing provider. The overwhelming majority of these genomes are part of the Main Programme. As a Research Network or Discovery Forum member, you will have access to the Main Programme dataset as documented here. Some of the genomes however are not part of the Main Programme dataset and belong to sub-projects such as the Rare Disease Pilot or the Cancer 1K Cohort for example. You will not have access to these genomes as they are not part of the Main Programme. Also, as we release data into the Research Environment every three months, the latest genome deliveries will have not yet been provisioned. These will be accessible in a following Main Programme data release.

You can easily see which genomes you have access to by using the LabKey application on the desktop. Once signed into LabKey, select the Main Programme Project and then select the latest data release sub-project. In here, you will find a table called 'sequencing report'. This table contains the genome folders which are included in the Main Programme data release version you selected. If you are part of Research Network or Discovery Forum, you will have access to only these genome folders.

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This page was last updated on the 07 May 2019.

Last update: November 27, 2023