The IEDB data submission process is facilitated by an online data submission tool (DST). The DST provides submitters with three methods to submit data:
- Data Submission Wizard: The DST Wizard provides submitters with an on screen field-by-field guided submission experience. The user will be asked questions about the nature of their data, and their answers will be used to fill-out the data fields required for a valid data submission. The Wizard is recommended for first-time submitters, and for smaller data submissions consisting of fewer than 10 epitopes and 10 assays.
- Spreadsheet Submission: Submitters are provided with tab-delimited template files (spreadsheets) corresponding to the various types of data that can be submitted (MHC binding, MHC Ligand Elution, T cell, B cell), as well as a submission file where important submission details are reported. These files serve as data entry forms where the submitter formats the data according to guidelines. Upon completion, the submitter then submits the validated files to the IEDB, where IEDB personnel review and transfer the data to the IEDB website where it will be publicly accessible. This format is recommended for large-scale data submissions.
- XML file: Data submission can be made via XML file based on the IEDB XML schema. This option is recommended for those who have knowledge of XML file generation.
The IEDB staff is available to provide support to the submitter throughout the submission process. New users can obtain an account to access the DST by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.