Synapse Platform

Synapse Platform

Synapse is a set of web services and tools that make it easier for researchers to aggregate, organize, analyze, and share scientific data, code, and insights. From small private teams to large-scale open-science initiatives, Synapse makes research collaborations more productive.

Sage Bionetworks has over a decade of experience using Synapse to build effective research consortia and collaborations that span organizational boundaries and make biomedical research more open and accessible. We use  Synapse to support all of our scientific coordination, challenges, and benchmarking projects. It allows us to organize content, establish transparent and reproducible workflows, track collaborative analysis across distributed teams, and broadcast research assets.

Synapse is designed according to the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable (FAIR) principles; provides HIPAA-compliant security and data governance tools to ensure data is protected and accessible to scientists while respecting patients’ rights; and the Synapse technology stack is REST-based, modular, and built from industry-standard components, intended to leverage public platforms and tools including cloud storage and compute, data repositories, data visualization tools, and analytical tools such as RStudio and Jupyter Notebooks. The Synapse engineering team supports integrations with external systems.

Synapse operates under comprehensive governance policies designed to enable cross-disciplinary research while safeguarding participant data. These policies include well-documented Terms and Conditions of Use, a standardized data use procedure, and adaptive privacy policies, as well as structured oversight from the Synapse Access and Compliance Team (ACT).

We understand research because we are researchers. Adopt the platform yourself, or contact Sage to bring our expertise to your project.

Read this article about Synapse by our CTO Mike Kellen: From Open Systems to Trusted Systems: New Approaches to Data Commons

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